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Lagos in 2015: Planning for the Coming Year

December 15, 2014 by Future Cape Town

The Next Year in Lagos


It is hard to describe what will transpire in Lagos next year because of the upcoming elections both in Lagos state and across Nigeria, leaving a sense of uncertainty until a new governor is elected. However, there are some elements that hint at priority areas for 2015.[read more]

Three Promising Strategies for Financing Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Financing Sustainable Cities


Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities. Civic leaders can look to three pathways to trigger more sustainable investment through climate finance and make capital more accessible to cities.[read more]

Urban Life: Then Came December

December 14, 2014 by Kate Gallery

Cities and the Seasons

I am up and out this Sunday morning before the vendors at Eastern Market. Only the crepe and doughnut guys have began constructing their tents as I take a seat at the coffee shop and begin to write. The hollow hammering of tent poles is a sound I now associate with home, not camping.[read more]

An Opportunity for a Regenerative New Airport in Mexico City

December 13, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Mexico City Transportation Hubs

Last September, the Mexican government announced the construction of a new airport for Mexico City. The current airport is the second busiest, per number of passengers, in Latin America, just after Sao Paolo, Brazil. The airport was recently declared to be at full capacity.[read more]

No Credit Card Needed for Community Access Bikeshare in Ontario, Canada

December 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ontario Bikeshare

Summer 2013 saw the birth of a new breed of bikesharing: Community Access Bikeshare, or CAB, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Now just a year down the line, this modest bikeshare has countless ambitions to put community-based cycling infrastructure on the map.[read more]

Catching a Train in Lagos!

December 13, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Public Transport in Lagos

There is actually no train service that serves the masses in Lagos. Public transport is not easily accessible nor the most safe form of transport and this is why Lagosians either have or aspire to have large cars that can withstand flooded roads and large potholes.[read more]


More Cities Must Take Unilateral Action on Climate Change

December 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Japan has the largest density of cities pledging climate action.

319 cities have pledged action on climate change at the Lima conference, COP20. Feelings amongst delegates are optimistic for a legally-binding global deal next year in Paris. But total actions so far will not limit global warming to within 2°C. Many more cities therefore need to step up, sidetrack their national governments, and take action on their own.[read more]

These Maps Help to Visualize the World's Urban Growth

December 12, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mapping the Growth of Cities

We are living in the midst of the urban century. Though it is common knowledge that the world is urbanizing, it can be striking to visualize this growth on a map. For example, how do you show how Asian countries are undergoing a century-long rural to urban migration? These maps show you how.[read more]

Waste Not, Want Not: 7 Innovative Organizations Turning Excess into Aid

December 12, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

There is no such thing as "surplus" food.

Virtually every major city has a food pantry to help the needy, but some food aid organizations are raising the sustainability bar by putting excess food and food waste to good use. Many offer culinary training programs and others use algorithms to match excess food with those who need it.[read more]

Toronto's Very Smart Transit Map

December 12, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Transit Mapping

This smart city map shows all existing, planned, and proposed transit lines in the city, and then overlays population densities, commuting patterns, household income, and so on. It’s a super valuable map that I think reveals a lot about how we should be focusing our energies to get Toronto moving.[read more]

Five New Resources for More Sustainable Brazilian Cities

December 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Brazil and Sustainability

Over the past ten years, demand for urban public transport has decreased by 33% in Brazilian cities while car sales are on the rise. A number of Brazilian cities, however, are transitioning towards sustainable urban development and sustainable mobility.[read more]

Placemaking Main Street into a Destination Downtown

December 10, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Main Streets and Downtown Developments

With its unique blend of housing, retail, and civic uses, Main Street has served as the social and commercial hub of communities until World War II. Since then, suburban development favoring shopping malls and single-use zoning have driven resources away from these vital places.[read more]