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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 10:16
Many cities around the world are working to increase the number of cyclists. Ask them why and you will get a mixed bag of responses – we are overcrowded with cars, our air quality is bad, we saw someone else do it, etc. The message is unclear, the plan uncertain, the future vision for the city undefined, and thus, progress gets stuck. But  there is an incredible opportunity to transform our... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 09:06
Where do libraries loan out the most books? Interestingly, there are actually statistics about the number of books loaned every year in major cities around the world. They are compiled by the World Cities Culture Forum and the following infographic provides an overview of the cities loaning out the most books. The Tokyo Metropolitan Library reported that readers in the Japanese capital checked... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 09:04
he term “smart city” has gained in popularity, but the label still conjures the use the technologies to solve operational problems. Rather, cities are complex and need intelligent, transformative and engaged efforts. Sustainable development goals such as in health, housing, education, energy, hunger and happiness have always been urban issues. The 1994 European Cities and Town Charter on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 08:38
Digital commerce is exacting a very analog toll on the streets of Shanghai. According to the city’s Information Office, there were 324 traffic accidents -- and five deaths -- involving delivery drivers during the first half of 2019. China is the world’s biggest e-commerce market and more than 80% of those drivers were dropping off packages and meals for services such as Meituan Dianping and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 08:26
Landscape architect and educator Michael Van Valkenburgh has left a large mark on cities across North America, Europe and Asia. In this exchange with Catalyst editor William McKenzie, he shares his thoughts on creating sustainable environments. And he describes how parks can provide enjoyment for people, improve an urban center’s environment, and even create a new identity for a city. Question:... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 14:58
Last weekend, Addis Ababa joined a growing list of African cities that have banned motorcycles. Explaining the ban, which took effect on 7 July, Addis mayor Takele Uma said it was designed to curb crime. Takele said the Ethiopian city had found that an unusually high number of violent crimes were committed using motorcycles. The ban does not affect “those conducting licensed businesses with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 12:33
Across the world, 740 jurisdictions spanning 16 countries have now declared a climate emergency. It’s a huge statement of intent but we have yet to see the introduction of robust policies to make the rhetoric a reality. An essential next step for city leaders and urban policy makers will be creating a circular economy to underpin those declarations and encourage us to live within our means. As... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 12:11
London's climate in 2050 could be similar to Barcelona's current climate, with Madrid feeling more like Marrakesh and Seattle more like San Francisco   KUALA LUMPUR - A fifth of the world's major cities will face "unknown" climate conditions by 2050, researchers warned on Wednesday, as rising temperatures heighten the risks of drought and flooding. Climate scientists at the Crowther Lab, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 08:45
Basic sanitation remains a key challenge to millions of Kenyans living in informal settlements. With at least 56 percent of the country’s population living in such settlements, according to projections by the UN-Habitat, providing basic amenities to them is a key part of the ongoing national dialogue on inclusive and sustainable growth. These dwellings are characterised by poor infrastructure... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 08:32
A new study examining the future of work in the U.S. spells bad news for America’s smaller communities and a growing national divide when it comes to jobs. The report, published this week by the McKinsey Global Institute, indicates the nation’s biggest cities are on pace to become significantly larger, richer and more powerful in the coming decade, while the rest of the nation, particularly... Read more