The key to keeping a thriving retail environment is recognising the value of service. I don't mean the shoppers, they already know this. It's the retail stores which need to have a rethink about what customer service actually means.
Trawling through the wacky world of an Asian supermarket is good for the soul and does much less harm to the planet than buying a car full of disposable electronics. For $2.49 you can find something funny, tasty or tasteless. It just depends on your sense of humour and passion for bean based products.
Free trams do more than just entice tourists to visit Melbourne. They unlock the traffic grid to make life better for everyone in the downtown, and quite possibly might unlock a few minds to how socialised infrastructure can benefit us all.
Stunning street eats and great value hotels make Bangkok one of the best city escapes in the world. Make sure you pick a good hotel though, because you'll need a little peace and quiet after stepping onto the streets of chaos.