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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:48
Congestion, rising housing prices, rising cost of living and increased homelessness are all stressors—but so-called social compacts can help   A recent report from the Economist Intelligence Unit highlights the increasing fragility that urbanization can bring. Jakarta’s rising urban population is facing challenges due to its unique water infrastructure. Flooding and continued pollution from deep... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:43
I heard a local story of a man who, in his excitement to kill a rattlesnake, used the only thing he had available — his thermos bottle. The next scene in this drama has the man in the hospital receiving antivenin to treat a snake bite. Encounters with wildlife are becoming more common in towns and neighborhoods as urbanization increases,and people often do not know what to do in these situations... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:20
The UN Secretary-General's report on the ‘Long-term impact of current trends in the economic, social and environmental areas on the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals’ seeks to inform the ECOSOC High-level Segment that will take place on 19 June, immediately following the HLPF. The report analyzes trends related to demographic changes, urbanization, climate change, conflict and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:17
Urbanization has long been associated with industrialization and a decline in green spaces. This has resulted in pollution and a lower quality of air and living, which contributes to climate change and an overall worse living environment within the city. One of the reasons for this is that many modern buildings are designed with utility and functionality — and not having green spaces — in mind.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:15
The explosive growth of cities all over the world has led to major shifts in diets, especially in rapidly urbanizing low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia. As incomes rise in concert with urbanization, food consumption patterns often change to include more refined grains, animal sourced foods, sugars, and fats. As a result, urban areas—and particularly the urban poor—now face... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 16:28
From funding parenting classes to providing space for sports clubs, cities across Europe could foster integration and stem the social fractures that often lead to extremism, said Mayor Khan   LONDON - Cities can provide an "antidote" to populism and extremism if they build bridges between their diverse communities, London's mayor said on Tuesday, as he met the leaders of other major European... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 16:11
And so, the prevailing narrative goes: urban areas are “back.” Job growth is shifting from sprawling suburbs to core city centers. Companies are relocating to attract educated workers who prefer accessible, amenity-rich neighborhoods. Density and accessibility are the watchwords, as high-growth firms favor mixed-use, walkable, and transit-rich neighborhoods in both cities and suburbs alike. These... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 15:56
Why do people choose to live in one city over another? According to new research, more attractive urban centres command a “beauty premium”, which helps entice new residents and create employment opportunities.  The idea of a beauty premium is not new. A causal link between a person’s perceived good looks and career success is long established, and a similar phenomenon could occur with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 15:41
Roads are the world’s first social network. People and goods need to move for an economy to grow, for wealth to be created, for prosperity to be shared. Much as a dynamic economy depends on the movement of goods and services, people everywhere rely on roads to access employment, education, and health services. Many authoritative studies have underscored the growing gap between investment needs on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 15:32
It’s a sadly familiar image in several developing countries’ media reports: people frantically searching the rubble of a collapsed building for survivors. The data is disparate and scattered. But what is known confirms what the images tell us: building collapses are a common, tragic occurrence in developing countries’ cities. In Kampala, Uganda, one study counted 54 building collapse deaths and... Read more