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[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 09:30
World Cup fans may be focused on the games, but critics are paying attention to another aspect of the event—its price tag. Brazil spent billions of dollars on World Cup infrastructure, and many are understandably questioning the long-term benefits these investments will bring to local communities. While many of these criticisms are justified, if one looks beyond the shiny new stadiums—namely, to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 09:13
India’s National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is planning a 50 MW photovoltaic project that will be the world’s largest freshwater floating solar power plant! The estimated $64–$72 million project will be set over reservoirs and lakes in the southern state of Kerala. The project was developed with technical assistance from the Kolkota-based Renewable Energy College (REC), and the first pilot... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 21:06
A brilliant new online interactive map produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development allows you to investigate the scale and speed of urban transformation across the globe. At the top of the map is a slider permitting you to view cities with populations above 750,000 people from any year between 1800 and 2025 (based on current data). The size of a dot tells you how big... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 20:55
The Phoenix City Council has tabled approving the Bicycle Master Place until the end of the summer. The Phoenix Bicycle Master Plan is not complete yet, but aims to connect currently disjointed bicycle lanes, shared roads and bicycle boulevards and ultimately earn the Platinum rating for bicycling friendliness awarded by the League of American Bicyclists. Phoenix is one of the first handful of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 20:27
This year marks the seventh anniversary of the “Muévete en bici” (Bike Move) program in Mexico City. Every Sunday for the past seven years, the city has closed many of its streets to cars, and opened them up to pedestrians ready to dance, to jog, to bike, and connect to their community in new ways. This phenomenon has rapidly grown to become the fifth largest car-free day in Latin America, with ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:48
UCLG held its first Policy Debate session on 17th June 2014, dedicated to a crosscutting theme of UCLG's global agenda: Planning and Public Spaces. Participants joined this meeting, which took place within the framework of the Executive Bureau in Liverpool, to analyse two dimensions of the urban agenda: Why public spaces are so critical to human and liveable cities; and How can public spaces... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:04
Over the past six years, Beijing has seen at least 1,812 days of “unhealthy” air quality, and that trend isn’t going to get better any time soon. Pan Tao, head of the Beijing Municipal Research Institute of Environmental Protection, estimates that air pollution in the capital won’t reach safe levels until at least 2030. China’s president Xi Jinping has called air pollution the “most prominent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:32
One of the most interesting recent developments in Kenya is the budgetary allocation by the Kenyan Government for an urban commuter railway. This came under the drive to improve productivity and competitiveness through investment in modern transport and logistic networks. A few weeks prior to this, the Governor of Nairobi launched the Nairobi Integrated Master Plan that provided proposals in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:17
New York City is one step closer to expanding a 1.3-mile stretch of Lower Manhattan up to 500 feet into the East River in the coming decades. The proposal, originally conceptualized as Seaport City by the Bloomberg administration, is the subject of the Southern Manhattan Coastal Protection Study: Evaluating the Feasibility of a Multi-Purpose Levee, released last month. The massive project, which... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:00
Need to see what’s wrong with U.S. efforts to fix a broken transportation funding system? There are Missourians who would be glad to show you — they’re the opponents of Proposition 7, an amendment to the state constitution that would add three-quarters of a cent to the state sales tax for the next 10 years for the purpose of financing transportation projects statewide. Those in favor of the... Read more

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