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[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:31
Upstate New York’s cities need to make investments in quality of life if they want to recreate their past economic vitality, according to a local expert on cities. The Innovation Trail’s Ryan Delaney has more. Mildred Warner of Cornell University recently held a conference at the college on the economic state of upstate New York’s largest urban centers. She says the region’s cities aren’t... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:25
Medellin — As Consumers of Over 75% of Natural Resources, Cities Are Uniquely Placed to Contribute to Efficiency and Sustainability. With over half of the global population now living in urban areas, cities are increasingly facing the challenge of ensuring decent standards of living for their inhabitants. Demand for a higher quality of life is increasing despite growing pressures on natural... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:14
Mr. Samuel Sarpong, the Ashanti regional minister, says the movement of people from rural areas to the urban centres in search for non-existing jobs is the cause of slums in Ghana. He said the population of Kumasi alone is about two million people, which puts pressure on the infrastructure and social amenities, therefore, creating slums in the city. Mr. Sarpong was speaking to the Ghana News... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:00
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Researchers have launched an international standard and scorecard aimed at persuading planners, designers and architects to develop urban communities that encourage people to walk, cycle or take public transport - anything but drive. Today, there are more than a billion cars on the planet. In a few decades’ time, there might be twice that number. Combined... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 08:54
The Republic of China (Taiwan) today has donated SB$2 million worth of relief assistance towards recovery efforts in Solomon Islands following last week’s deadly floods that killed at least 23 people and left thousands of people homeless. Delivering the assistance in Honiara today, ROC Ambassador Victor Te-Sun Yu said the assistance will be channeled through the National Disaster Management... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 15:09
Better knowledge for cities features highly at the 7th Session of the World Urban Forum. At the Evidence based framework contributing to just cities for children discussion organized by World Vision International, attended by around 100 participants, presenters highlighted the importance of knowledge about cities’ urban contexts for appropriate solutions. Based on their 5-year experience in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:56
In recent months, popular protests have broken out in cities around the globe. The causes were different: soaring pollution in Beijing; violent, gender-based crime in New Delhi; and access to public services in São Paulo. But, for each, inequality was a significant underlying factor. Many cities face increasing pressure. The urban population has increased five-fold since 1950. Vehicle ownership... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:32
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated $17 million to organizations that provide shelter to homeless people in Puerto Rico, the island's non-voting representative in Congress said here Tuesday. Pedro Pierluisi said that thanks to HUD's Continuum Care program these non-profits, just like government agencies on the municipal and state levels, will be able to quickly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:27
For pro-development types, Chicago is often thought of as something of a promised land. While it may not have Houston’s complete lack of a zoning code, the Second City is known as a much easier place to build than its coastal counterparts. It’s even Harvard professor Ed Glaeser’s go-to example of how lax development rules can keep housing prices low. “Chicago’s sea of cranes on Lake Michigan,”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:59
Workers at Aussenkehr grape companies still use buckets or the open veld to relieve themselves despite working for firms that have tens of millions in annual turnover. Over 60 percent of Namibians have poor access to water and sanitation facilities and are sujected to unsafe hygiene practices. One of the workers Taimi Kanyemba told New Era she accommodates up to seven people in her three-roomed... Read more