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Who Owns and Maintains Your Sidewalks? Different Cities Have Different Laws

While sidewalks are an essential part of public space in cities everywhere, how local governments finance, develop, and maintain sidewalks depends on the local context. Photo by Asher Isbrücker/Flickr.Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from ...

Posted May 7, 2015    

4 Strategies for Retail+Property Development Bringing Sustainable Transit-Oriented Districts to Chinese Cities

To ensure sustainable urban development, Shenzhen, China has been experimenting with several innovative strategies for financing transit infrastructure. Photo by Chris/Flickr.China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public...

Posted May 5, 2015    

What Does Urbanism Actually Mean? Mike Lydon Explains

PeopleSt in Los Angeles is one example of residents using tactical urbanism to reclaim public space and make their streets more human-centered. Photo by LA DOT/Flickr.For all the buzz that tactical urbanism has received in the past several years,...

Posted May 5, 2015    

Friday Fun: Three Apps That Help You Connect with Your City

Thanks to innovations in mobile app technology, residents in cities all over the world can share goods, services, and experiences with one another. Photo by Louisa Billeter/Flickr.Cities aren’t just a collection of buildings, they’re home to...

Posted May 1, 2015    

Mexico City's Traffic Congestion Slows Economic Growth, Costs Businesses

By encouraging car sharing and other TDM strategies, businesses in Mexico City can be part of the solution Mexico City’s persistent problems with traffic congestion. Photo by Ted McGrath/Flickr.A century of car-centric urban development has left our...

Posted April 29, 2015    

From Stadiums to Public Parks, the Impacts of Space for Sports in Cities

With around 300 million people playing basketball in China, the Chinese Basketball Association is looking to build nearly 800,000 new courts in Beijing (pictured) and other cities across the country. Photo by Filipe Fortes/Flickr.There are countless...

Posted April 25, 2015    

What Cities Can Learn From Greater Toronto's Transit-Oriented Development

An icon of Toronto, the city’s streetcar not only provides mobility within the urban core, but also integrates with regional transport to ensure transport access to residents on the periphery, as well. Photo by superherb/Flickr.While there are many...

Posted April 24, 2015    

Helping Civic Leaders to Make Buildings More Efficient

Because buildings in cities like Mumbai, India produce more than 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, improving building efficiency is critical to making cities more sustainable. Photo by Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank.Globally, buildings...

Posted April 23, 2015    

Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability

Pedestrian-only zones, well-maintained sidewalks, and good traffic signage are important for strengthening a city’s walkability, as shown here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from ...

Posted April 23, 2015    

How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions

Seoul, South Korea is one of several cities experimenting with new waste management policies that will encourage people not to buy food they don’t need. Photo by Seoul Korea/Flickr.It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount...

Posted April 21, 2015    

Can India Urbanize Both Fast (As It Is Doing) and Successfully?

This year’s CONNECTKaro conference focused on how Indian cities like Bangalore (pictured) can use technology for smarter development given the country’s rapid urbanization. Photo by Benoit Colin/WRI.From April 15 to 16, 2015 in New Delhi, city and...

Posted April 20, 2015    

Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

By using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GPC) to determine the sources of the city’s emissions, Rio de Janeiro was able to set realistic targets to reducing transport emissions. Photo by EMBARQ Brasil/Flickr.In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000...

Posted April 17, 2015