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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:50
You don’t want to be hit by a recession in a city like Steubenville, Ohio. Eight years into the economic recovery, there are thousands fewer jobs in the metropolitan area that joins Steubenville with Weirton, W.Va., than there were at the onset of the Great Recession. Hourly wages are lower than they were a decade ago. The labor force has shrunk by 14 percent. The dismal performance is not... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 19:19
The concept of the slum emerged when industrial capitalism hit its stride in the late 19th century. Derived from Cockney street slang, the word was soon taken up by reformers and moralists of the Victorian period, a loaded descriptor of the densely populated and poorly serviced neighborhoods that housed workers, their families, and the reserve army of the unemployed. Plenty of people used the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 19:14
The term "data breach" has made a whirlwind of headlines this month — ironically National Cybersecurity Awareness Month — as companies like Equifax and Yahoo have fallen victim to compromised systems that have leaked a wealth of client data. It's not a new problem, yet the influx of security breaches has caused companies to shift from prevention strategies to identification strategies — and such... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 18:26
Conditions are improving for many, but not for everyone and not fast enough. Opportunities for progress abound in Africa, but governments need to make more strategic investments to improve the development prospects for all on the continent. This is according to an Institute for Security Studies (ISS) report that identifies seven key trends to understanding how Africa’s future could unfold over... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 18:14
Addis Ababa, 9 October 2017 – There is a tectonic shift under way in the choice of where and how Africans would like to live. In less than 20 years from now half of Africa’s ballooning population will be urban dwellers. By 2050 that could reach 60 per cent. While these projections hold many advantages for African nations, right now they pose a stiff test for policy makers to manage this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 14:00
When I walk through my street in the evening, or try to beat the traffic at dawn going to work in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, the rapid growth repeatedly spoken of in the media as a statistic becomes a brutal reality that I live. It is estimated that Lagos has nearly doubled over 15 years to 21 million people and it’s said to double, according to some reports, by 2050. Mind-boggling stats,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:42
Few things are more frustrating than being stuck in traffic. Yet Americans spent an average of 42 hours waiting out gridlock in 2016, costing commuters a total of $300 billion, or about $1,400 per driver, according to connected car services and analytics company Inrix.  Sitting in traffic can also take a psychological toll on commuters, say researchers Louis-Philippe Beland and Daniel Brent, both... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:04
Altering eating habits can make a big difference when it comes to carbon emissions. As cities devise and deploy new strategies to fight climate change—renewable power, electric vehicles, resilient design—a new approach gaining credence in environmental circles may seem a bit low-tech and low reward: changing food policy. How can city governments not only change eating habits, but do so in a way... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:38
Expanding cities and changing weather patterns are leaving urban areas increasingly vulnerable to flooding, yet building design and better urban planning can play a key role in mitigating the risks and minimizing damage. Though hurricanes and other major natural events remain relatively rare, flash storms and heavy rainfall are becoming more common across parts of Europe and the US. According to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 16:22
Cars clogged the streets of Borehamwood, England, an outlying suburb of London, for decades. But in the mid-1990s, the town added new pedestrian-only areas to its center. The change transformed the town, according to Esther Kurland, the director of Urban Design London, a nonprofit that connects urban designers and planners in the city. “This was one of the first ‘traffic calming’ shared space... Read more