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Reclaiming the Streets: Addis Ababa, Other African Cities Launch Car-Free Days

Mon, 2019-04-22 13:13
African cities have an imbalance. Around half of the population walks, bicycles or takes public transport to get around, usually under unsafe and difficult conditions. But despite this unusually high level of non-motorized mobility, street space is disproportionately allocated to ...

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Useful Knowledge and Building Blocks of Change: An Outside Perspective on the WRI Ross Prize

Thu, 2019-04-18 19:01
Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a day-long roundtable discussion with the five finalists for the WRI Ross Prize Cities, organized by WRI at the Ford Foundation in New York City. The roundtable followed the first-ever award ...

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One Woman Saves Kids’ Lives by Redesigning the Roads They Walk: Q&A with Ayikai Poswayo

Wed, 2019-04-17 23:00
Some schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, see more than a dozen of their students injured or killed in road crashes every year. Haphazard development in the nation’s capital paired with a growing number of vehicles have created dangerous conditions ...

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Urban Future 2019 Puts Success to the Test by Spotlighting Urban Leaders from Developing Cities

Mon, 2019-04-15 13:13
Contrary to popular belief, the developed world isn’t the best role model when it comes to urban development. In fact, says Gerald Babel-Sutter, the founder and CEO of the Urban Future Global Conference, the developing world can learn more about ...

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First-Ever WRI Ross Prize for Cities Awarded to SARSAI

Sat, 2019-04-13 03:30
The inaugural WRI Ross Prize for Cities, a $250,000 award celebrating and spotlighting urban transformation, was awarded to SARSAI on Wednesday for its incisive, easily replicable and highly impactful approach to creating safer journeys to school for children in Dar es Salaam ...

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The InoveMob Challenge: 5 Brazilian Startups Partnering with Cities to Transform the Mobility Sector for Good

Fri, 2019-04-12 19:14
Innovation and government don’t always go hand in hand. Yet the opportunity for innovation in the mobility sector has never been so ripe. Companies all over the world are creating and deploying the next generation of disruptive transport solutions, from ...

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Mapping the Impacts of Urban Growth: Outward vs. Upward in São Paulo and Addis Ababa

Mon, 2019-04-08 13:13
Cities can choose how they grow by directing investment and policies in specific ways. Those cities that have more upward growth relative to outward growth, for example, are better able to provide services and opportunities to their residents because development ...

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Urban Transformations: In Durban, Informal Workers Design Marketplaces Instead of Getting Displaced by Them

Sat, 2019-04-06 01:13
Warwick Junction is a finalist for the WRI Ross Prize for Cities. Warwick Junction’s maze of stalls, arches and bridges can elicit wonder in any first-time visitor to South Africa’s largest marketplace. The area’s nine distinct markets are wedged between ...

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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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