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Toronto Seeks Injunction to Stop Uber

November 27, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Uber Injunction in Toronto

One evening this past spring I was leaving a Rotman School event at Liberty Grand on the west side of Toronto. There aren’t a lot of taxis coming through this part of the city, so I figured I was going to have to wait while I hailed one from my phone. But as luck would have it, one happened to be pulling up.[read more]

Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Pricing and Community

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers were moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions.[read more]

From Srirangapatna, A Data Lesson For India’s Cities

November 24, 2014 by IFMR Financing Small Cities

Many questions confront city officials all over the world every day. Their solution depends on having up-to-date data on infrastructure and service delivery. One of the biggest challenges with decision-making in Indian cities is the lack of data. Can making Indian cities 'smarter' be the answer? Srirangapatna provides a case study.[read more]

Gated Communities Lock Cities Into Cycles of Inequality

November 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Communities and Inequality

In recent years, many films have portrayed the landscape of urban marginality and inequality in Latin America. The Mexican thriller, La Zona (the Zone), in depicting the disturbing panorama of inequality in Latin America’s megacities and the consequences of socially and economically divided cities.[read more]

Uber-like Buses That Go Where and When You Want To

November 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation Options

Startups like Uber are revolutionizing personal transport in cities worldwide, providing on-demand services at a relatively low price. Can the same thing be done for bus transport? Imagine requesting a bus from your phone, and having it drop you off exactly where you chose.[read more]

Concerning Upward Mobility, Geography Is Destiny

November 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

Geography and Education and the Future

For human geography graduate students at the University of Colorado, statistics was, of course, coursework that was required to be completed. I preferred theory and would rather debate philosophy than mind quantitative analysis. I put off stats as long as I could.[read more]

A Roadmap for Sustainable Cities in the MENA Region

November 19, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Public spaces must be preserved

Despite the difference and different context, citizens of Accra, Amman and Beirut are experiencing similar challenges in the accessibility of public spaces. Private sector interests have a shaping force in the city and prioritize commercial developments and exclusivity over social amentities, services and public spaces.[read more]

How Suburban Sprawl, Inadequate Transit Worsen Unemployment

November 17, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Sprawl and Hardship

Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find replacement employment than do residents of neighborhoods more convenient to jobs by public transit or car. So says new, meticulously thorough research published by the U.S. Census.[read more]

Parks: In a Golden Age, Without Two Nickels?

November 12, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Urban Parks and Innovation

It has been a good couple of weeks for news about city parks. Many of them have been featured in the press with a focus on the value they bring to cities. But in spite of all this good news about parks and the value they generate, most cities are still struggling to find enough revenue to operate and maintain them.[read more]

100 Smart Cities in India: Governing for Human Impact

November 12, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Cities in India

This summer, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to build ‘100 smart cities’ across India in an effort to take advantage of the country’s recent urban boom and catalyze investment in Indian cities. His initiative will cost the government 1.15 billion USD for the first year.[read more]

Leveraging LRT

November 8, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto's Crosstown LRT

One of the biggest pieces of infrastructure currently under construction in Toronto is the Crosstown LRT line, which will run on and under Eglinton Avenue right through the heart of midtown. The total length of the line is 19 km, and 10 km of it will be underground along with 12 of its stations.[read more]

Technology Isn't Going to Save Us: 5 Insights from the 2014 Bioneers Conference

November 4, 2014 by Taz Loomans

Technology and Use

Recently I attended the 25th anniversary Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. What is Bioneers, you ask? Bioneers is a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.[read more]