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Compare Your Country on the Environmental Democracy Index

Continuously engaging the public with strong capacity is key to urban governance and sustainable development. Photo by Dante Busquets/Flickr.The official launch of the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) yesterday marked a major milestone for urban...

Posted May 22, 2015    

Three Ways Public Spaces Can Make Cities More Vibrant

The Cheonggye River in Seoul, South Korea is a great example of how cities can use public spaces to revitalize the local economy and improve quality of life for residents. Photo by Kimmo Räisänen/Flickr.Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from ...

Posted May 22, 2015    

How China Can Leverage High-Speed Rail for Compact Urban Development

High speed rail connects Zhengzhou with other Chinese cities and has potential to spur compact urban development across the country. Photo by Andrew Stokols.Many large Chinese cities have developed around transport corridors. Hangzhou and Suzhou,...

Posted May 21, 2015    

What Cities Can Learn From Porto Alegre about Inclusive Planning

Redevelopment of Porto Alegre, Brazil’s port, has been contentious, as planning has lacked public participation and respect for local culture. Photo by marcusrg/Flickr.The sunset in front of Guaiba River, Usina do Gasômetro, and Mauá Port are iconic...

Posted May 19, 2015    

Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative

“Wishful Thinking” shows that, although traffic collisions are often blamed on individual behavior, urban design can be a powerful tool for improving road safety. Graphic by Nikhil Chaudhary.India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the...

Posted May 16, 2015    

Istanbul to Build 1,050km of Cycle Lanes to Beat Congestion and Poor Air

Istanbul is looking to expand its network of bike lanes and promote cycling to improve public health and well-being. Biking on the Asian side of Istanbul. Photo by bicyclemark.Growing physical inactivity at a global scale is causing more people...

Posted May 14, 2015    

Designing Safer Cities for Children

With 32 percent fewer traffic accidents involving children, Seoul, South Korea is one example of how changing street design can improve road safety.When you consider the global statistics, it’s no surprise that this year’s U.N. Global Road Safety...

Posted May 13, 2015    

Making Cities Safer by Design: A Conversation with Jan Gehl and Ani Dasgupta

Ani Dasgupta (left), Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Jan Gehl (right), Founding Partner of Gehl Architects.This week is the third UN Global Road Safety week, and the theme is saving children’s lives on roads worldwide.TheCityFix...

Posted May 12, 2015    

Friday Fun: Lessons and Innovations from India's Temporary City, the Kumbh Mela

A spiritual gathering of millions of people in India, the Kumbh Mela can be considered a temporary urban environment and offers many fascinating insights for urbanists. Photo by AlGraChe/Flickr.In January, 2013, a city emerged on the banks of the...

Posted May 8, 2015    

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