It's not a recent initiative, but as far as unusual and effective measures go for improving road-traffic safety, it’s hard to beat mime. In the mid-1990s, Bogotá’s then-mayor Antanas Mockus employed over 400 mime artists to stand guard at pedestrian crossings, showing wordless displeasure to reckless pedestrians and drivers who violated traffic rules.
Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage city in northern Laos, is often named one of the best cities in the world to visit. Most visitors flock here to explore the town’s cultural and natural wonders from November to March, avoiding the monsoon season altogether, but with a light poncho and the local bor pen yang attitude, the rainy season may be the perfect time to visit.
Mass tourism spurred by cheap flights and richer emerging economies is forcing the world’s top museums to rethink their welcome, notably by boosting access, embracing apps and improving ancillary services such as eateries and gift shops.
If Green Hill Valley sounds like a perfect name for a retirement community, it is – though in this case, the retirees are elephants.