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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 09:04
The Urban Dialogue comes just ahead of a major meeting on how to pay for the New Urban Agenda Money doesn’t grow on trees. But it does grow in cities. As UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos is fond of pointing out, “Cities are a factory that create money.” The idea that urban economies are at the centre of the world economy is well established: Cities generate more than 80 percent of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:51
A BIOLOGIST MIGHT study, let’s say, a particular species of rabbit, spending years in the field observing a population of them. A botanist might do the same with a specific grass or tree. But ecologists? They study life, too, but in whole systems at once. An ecologist might study the rabbit, the grass, and add in the local wolf population too. That’s because she’s less interested in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:22
About 377 million people from India’s total population of 1.21 billion are urban dwellers. With more than 10 million people migrating to cities and towns every year, the total urban population is expected to reach about 600 million by 2031. Furthermore, between 2015 and 2031, the pace of urbanisation is likely to increase at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.1 per cent, which is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:05
Vancouver city councillors are being asked to help cultivate a renaissance in urban farming. A city report slated to go before mayor and council next week could lay the groundwork for a two-growing season attempt to legitimize urban farms in the city. "Despite Vancouver's history as a city that included food growing such as orchards, the idea of farming is now often associated with tractors and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:51
By Kathleen Maclay, Media relations Tools to safeguard affordable housing in Bay Area cities and counties are mapped out in the latest work of UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project. How many Bay Area cities have rent control laws? Which cities cover renters with tenant protections? How can inclusionary housing policies be structured? Which cities are charging developers impact fees? These... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:28
  Seattle became one of the 10 most dense cities in the U.S. this February, and city leaders are working on plans to manage the growth.   SEATTLE -- In February, Seattle broke a top ten list as one of the densest cities in America. As the city continues to grow, Mayor Ed Murray has created a department aimed at easing its growing pains. "It's a really exciting time in Seattle in terms... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 09:37
  Mileidis Bolivar shows off the tomatoes she grows in her rooftop garden in a Caracas, Venezuela, slum. John Otis for NPR Last week, opposition lawmakers in Venezuela declared a "food emergency." That's because Venezuela is facing widespread shortages of milk, meat, bread and other staples. Critics blame the government's socialist economic policies. But instead of changing course,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 12:01
JOHANNESBURG: Africa's biggest economies have been hammered by the collapse in commodity prices over the past 18 months but there are still investment bright spots to be found. In cities such as Lagos, Nairobi, Accra, Kinshasa and Johannesburg, growth remains robust and investors are prospering in the retail, financial services, technology and construction sectors.   This means investors can now... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 11:44
The Union Ministry of Urban Development released the  results of ‘Swachh Survekshan-2016’. Out of 73 cities surveyed in 2016 for cleanliness, Mysuru was ranked the cleanest city followed by Chandigarh, Tiruchirapalli, NDMC and Visakhapatnam in the top five. Half of the top 20 cleanest cities were from Maharashtra & Gujarat. The Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) released the rankings... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 15, 2016 - 15:55
According to CBRE, one of the world’s largest real estate firms, the second half of 2015 witnessed a massive addition of about 3.6 million square feet of the brand new spaces for shopping centres across the seven major cities in India. The latest reports of CBRE says that, the organized retail market saw approximately about 75% rise in the supply of shopping spaces in 2015 over that of 2014. The... Read more