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India’s Boom Pushed Cities to Their Limits. Here’s How Pune Coped.

Thu, 2018-08-16 19:05
Like many Indian cities, Pune’s population exploded over the last three decades. Between 1981 and 2011 it more than doubled as thousands came to work in manufacturing and IT. And like other cities, Pune expanded, eventually engulfing 23 previously separate ...

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With Transportation Data, These Cities Became More Sustainable and Socially Inclusive

Mon, 2018-08-13 19:30
Cities across the world have pledged to take action on climate change, including planning for more sustainable forms of transportation. Many cities, however, lack the data and information necessary to track and monitor their progress. This data provides valuable examples of transportation ...

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Cities Are Taxing Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber and Lyft. Is This a Good Thing?

Thu, 2018-08-09 18:28
With ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft continuing to gain popularity and drawing attention for their impact on congestion and other urban ills, cities from Washington to São Paolo are moving to the seemingly inevitable next step: special taxes. This is unsurprising. ...

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4 Lessons from Bhopal and Bogotá on Launching Citywide Bike Sharing

Tue, 2018-08-07 13:13
Bike sharing has experienced astonishing growth since its first major breakthrough 20 years ago. Following the rise of dockless bike sharing, more than 1,000 cities worldwide now offer bike-sharing services. Around 300 cities implemented new systems in 2017 alone. Bike ...

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The $250,000 Question: What Does a Transformative Urban Project Look Like?

Thu, 2018-08-02 02:33
The WRI Ross Prize for Cities seeks to answer the question every city wants to know: How do you achieve lasting, large-scale, positive change in your city? This week, applications for the inaugural $250,000 WRI Ross Prize closed and the ...

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Building Efficiency Isn’t Cool, But It’s Critical. How Can We Spur a Global Movement?

Tue, 2018-07-31 13:13
The time has never been better – or more critical – for spurring a global building efficiency movement. Building efficiency is one of the most effective near-term opportunities for achieving climate and energy goals. Better efficiency policies for new and ...

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Amid Climate Uncertainty, Zero-Carbon Buildings Offer a Guiding North Star

Thu, 2018-07-26 21:10
“Back in the good old days, the construction industry had to worry about a few keys things: Will it stand up, is it functional and does it look nice? Not so anymore.” So began WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer ...

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As Road Accidents Pile Up, India Debates a New National Safety Law

Tue, 2018-07-24 21:28
In July last year, Nitin Gadkari, India’s minister for road transport and highways, informed parliament that the country loses over 150,000 lives to road traffic accidents every year. More damningly, the country has only about 2 percent of the world’s motor vehicles ...

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The Better Bus Challenge: Accelerating Mobility Innovation for Public Transit in India

Fri, 2018-07-20 13:13
Over the last decade, India has established itself as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Along with an annual GDP growth rate of 7.1 percent, the country is adding over 12 million people to the workforce every year. Coupled ...

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Independence Haze: Data Shows Air Pollution Spikes from July 4th Fireworks

Thu, 2018-07-19 13:13
Fireworks, block parties and barbeques: Those are the first things that come to mind when the 4th of July rolls around. But what’s least talked about is the quality of breathable air on the nation’s birthday. Data shows that levels of fine ...

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Why We Need a Summit on Youth Urban Road Safety

Tue, 2018-07-17 20:13
Our cities are rapidly expanding, and with them motorization is increasing at an unchecked pace. Unless the global community takes meaningful strides to address the impact of these trends on the most vulnerable in our society, we will be met ...

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Design as Democracy: Barcelona’s ‘Carritos’ Encourage a More Inclusive Urbanism

Mon, 2018-07-16 13:13
Community participation has become a checklist item for any major urban development project. But what does community participation actually mean? What would it look like if we flipped the responsibility of engagement from citizens to designers? What if, instead of ...

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6 Transport Solutions to Give İzmir’s Historic Center Back to the People

Wed, 2018-07-11 13:13
With 5,000 years of history and culture, the city of İzmir along the Ionian Coast is one of Turkey’s most remarkable urban areas. It’s a unique nexus between the past and present, with a variety of archaeological conservation sites but also Turkey’s ...

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Do More Cyclists Mean a Happier City? Yes and No

Mon, 2018-07-09 13:13
Across Colombia’s cities, bicycle users are the most satisfied commuters, according to a new survey. In 2016, 86 percent of bicyclists in 18 cities were satisfied with their commutes, compared to just 48 percent for mass transit and 74 percent ...

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How a Small Experiment in Delhi’s Suburbs Sparked a National Car-Free Movement

Thu, 2018-07-05 13:13
Imagine a city where roads that are normally clogged with traffic and clouded with smog are instead filled with people – rich and poor, young and old, men and women, all laughing, dancing, watching their children play, cycling Raahgand skating ...

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Low-Carbon Cities Are Better for Your Health Than Any Superfood

Mon, 2018-07-02 13:13
Climate change is already harming people’s health. In August last year, over 45 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal were affected by unprecedented monsoon flooding, while last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest on record. The scale of ...

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Getting Urban Transformation Right

Thu, 2018-06-28 01:39
Every other Sunday, thousands of people spill onto otherwise auto-clogged city streets across India. For a few hours, the roadways are theirs – to walk, cycle, skate, practice yoga, CrossFit, even Zumba. Open streets days, known locally as Raahgiri Days, ...

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4 Andean Cities Adapting to Glacier Retreat to Preserve Water Security

Wed, 2018-06-27 13:13
Glaciers do more than feed our rivers and lakes, they also serve as critical savings banks for water withdrawals when other sources dry up. In South America, the glaciers and snowpack that crown the Andes provide slow, consistent meltwater that ...

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From China to Colombia, 5 Cities Making Streets Safer by Design

Mon, 2018-06-25 13:13
In 2015, the global community committed to halving road deaths and serious injuries by 2020. But city streets are still not safe. More than 3,200 road fatalities occur every day, and this number is expected to increase threefold by 2030, ...

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For Thriving Cities, People vs. Nature Is a False Choice

Fri, 2018-06-22 13:13
Municipal leaders face hundreds of difficult choices every day. With so many needs and worthy programs, how does one choose where to invest limited funding? In the face of pressing human needs, cities too often decide that funding for environmental ...

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