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Urban Transformations: In Tanzania’s Capital, Safer Children Mean Better Neighborhoods

Wed, 2019-04-03 21:51
 SARSAI is a finalist for the WRI Ross Prize for Cities. Chaos often reigns on the streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital. Minivans, cars and motorcycles careen along half-finished roads without markings, sidewalks or traffic lights. Pedestrians walk ...

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‘Socially Aware Planning’ Key to Building and Sustaining Communities

Mon, 2019-04-01 13:13
When Rani, a mother of five in Khulna, Bangladesh, found that the tea stall outside her home kept flooding, she didn’t wait for a government climate resilience program to swoop in. Like many people in urban communities facing the effects ...

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Urban Transformations: The Reinvention of Eskişehir, Turkey from Dump to Destination

Thu, 2019-03-28 23:30
Eskişehir Urban Development Project is a finalist for the WRI Ross Prize for Cities. Many cities are looking for a new future after the decline of traditional manufacturing industries. From the American Rust Belt to Europe’s industrial heartlands, mayors are ...

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4 Ways Local Solar Projects Can Benefit Cities

Wed, 2019-03-27 13:13
When a city decides to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, headlines follow. But the work has only just begun. Cities have many options for generating and purchasing renewable electricity, each of which comes with distinct benefits and challenges. ...

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Dedicating Public Space for Recreation is Good for Cities. The Via RecreActiva Shows Us 3 Reasons Why.

Tue, 2019-03-26 18:35
Closing more than 60 kilometers of major streets to car traffic sounds like a logistical headache for a city of 4.8 million. But Guadalajara did it anyway ‒ and has done it every Sunday for the last 15 years. In ...

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Urban Transformations: In Pune, India, Waste Pickers Go from Trash to Treasure

Mon, 2019-03-25 21:56
 SWaCH is a finalist for the WRI Ross Prize for Cities. Pinky Sonawane spent her childhood gathering garbage on the streets of Pune, India. She’d join her mother in pulling plastic bottles, cans and cardboard from roadside dumpsters, selling ...

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Million Cool Roofs Challenge Covers the Global ‘Cooling Crunch’ From Another Angle

Thu, 2019-03-21 13:13
Cities in the global south today face a complex challenge: like all cities, they need to reduce carbon emissions, but they also need to expand access to energy. Around the world, 1.1 billion people currently lack access to electric cooling ...

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Urban Transformations: In Medellín, Metrocable Connects People in More Ways Than One

Wed, 2019-03-20 20:51
 Metrocable is a finalist for the WRI Ross Prize for Cities. Medellín, Colombia, used to be the murder capital of the world. With the explosion of the global drug trade in the 1980s, crime burgeoned, plunging the city into ...

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PODCAST: The Political Economy of Air Quality with Jessica Seddon

Mon, 2019-03-18 13:13
Did you know that air quality is a major contributor to global warming? Or that poor air quality can reduce sunlight, disrupting rainfall patterns, depressing crop yields and diminishing solar energy output? Did you know air pollution is the biggest ...

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Bike Sharing Is Now a Viable Commuting Choice in São Paulo and Porto Alegre

Fri, 2019-03-15 13:13
New mobility is changing the way we move around cities. It’s also shifting our perception of how we do so. While bicycles may seem more aligned with “old” rather than “new” mobility, bike-sharing systems are transforming the way we see ...

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Social Design Offers a More Collaborative Vision of Urban Development

Wed, 2019-03-13 13:13
When we think of design in cities, it’s typically physical environments and infrastructure that come to mind: glass, steel and stone, skylines and main streets, museums, traffic jams, playgrounds and construction sites. But the designs that determine the health and ...

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How Beijing Is Redefining Public Space with the Temple of Heaven

Mon, 2019-03-11 13:13
If you visit the Temple of Heaven in the heart of Beijing, you’ll discover a vast network of palaces, pavilions, altars, stages and walking paths scattered over 600 acres of parkland. Recognized as a World Heritage Site for its exceptional ...

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Transport Needs More Women Voices. Here’s Why.

Fri, 2019-03-08 20:57
Nearly 60 percent of women in Britain feel unsafe walking alone in their cities. Seventy percent of women who use public transport in Mexico City have experienced gender-based violence. In too many cases, using public transport in cities is an ...

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Opinions Split on Beijing’s Congestion Charge, But Many Support Its Intended Goals

Thu, 2019-03-07 20:00
Beijing is one of most congested cities in the world, with over 6 million cars on its roads. In 2017, drivers spent on average just under three hours in traffic each weekday. Data from the navigation app AutoNavi shows Beijing ...

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Redesigning One of Mumbai’s Most Dangerous Intersections in 3 Simple Steps

Mon, 2019-03-04 20:44
While India accounts for only 2 percent of global motor vehicles, it contributes to over 12 percent of global road traffic deaths. Around 150,000 people lose their lives on India’s roads every year, making them some of the most dangerous ...

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Celebrating 18 Years of TransMilenio: Growing Pains and What Lies Ahead for Bogotá’s BRT

Thu, 2019-02-28 20:02
Eighteen years ago, I was deputy general manager of TransMilenio S.A., the city agency running Bogotá’s brand new bus rapid transit (BRT) system. It was amazing to be there at the start of operations for this system knowing that it ...

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4 Creative Ways Cities Are Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future

Tue, 2019-02-26 20:30
Mayors from cities across the U.S. are stepping up and committing to broad and inspirational action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize local energy systems. This leadership is especially critical given lack of federal climate action, but translating a ...

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We Need a New Gold Standard for Urban Sanitation: Brian Arbogast

Tue, 2019-02-19 14:13
More than half the global population lacks access to safely managed sanitation services – 4.5 billion people. Every year, more than 340,000 children under the age of five die as a result of this problem. And we’re not solving it ...

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Electrification Is Important, But Sharing Is Crucial

Fri, 2019-02-15 14:13
Kfw Development Bank’s Friederike Bauer sat down with WRI Ross Center Global Director Ani Dasgupta to explore the mobility revolution. Their interview, originally published by Kfw, is cross-posted below: Friederike Bauer: You use the term “mobility revolution” when you talk about ...

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Electrification Doesn’t Make Sense in Every City – Yet

Wed, 2019-02-13 19:35
Electrification is a key step to creating low-carbon cities. Replacing fossil fuel-powered vehicles, stoves, furnaces with electric alternatives reduces emissions and creates a host of other benefits. But not all cities are equally suitable for electrification. In some cases, electrification is ...

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