open city

noun

Definition of open city 

: a city that is not occupied or defended by military forces and that is not allowed to be bombed under international law

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The open city model is now flawed and therefore fragile. Shlomo Angel, WSJ, "‘Building and Dwelling’ Review: A Manifesto for the Open City," 6 July 2018 Yes, open cities are more creative, more satisfying and more fun. Shlomo Angel, WSJ, "‘Building and Dwelling’ Review: A Manifesto for the Open City," 6 July 2018 Pittsburgh opened city cooling centers through Sunday. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "Sweltering heat wave bakes large part of nation as July 4th approaches," 30 June 2018 In 1991, when Scott Starbuck opened City Soles in Chicago, most of the shoes his customers wanted were made with leather from cow hides. Lydia Mulvany And Lindsey Rupp, latimes.com, "As leather shoes drop out of favor, cattle hides pile up," 12 June 2018 The city decided to use the county’s Aug. 28 primary as the special election for an open City Council seat, as well as the mayor’s post through March 2020. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Want to run for office in Boca? Qualifying for vacant seat begins," 4 June 2018 Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, is a sloping, open city of about 200,000, with wide roads leading to the state Capitol sitting atop a hill. Angela Helm, The Root, "The New Lynching Memorial and Legacy Museum Force Us to Bear Witness to Our Whole American Truth," 25 Apr. 2018 Eventually, the pair opened City Central Coffee at the Phoenix Convention Center, followed by another kiosk at Symphony Hall, then the Herberger Theater Center and, finally, Bank One Center (now Chase Tower). Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Coffee shops are taking over downtown Phoenix, and they're not all Starbucks," 7 Apr. 2018 But just weeks before, the John Hopkins University alumna had thrown her hat in the ring for the open city administrator position. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Shenandoah's Kathie Reyer reflects on 11-year career," 22 Mar. 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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