Recent Posts by Robin
Informal urban housing, like this in Mumbai, is all that many new city-dwellers can afford. Photo by Robin King/WRI
Three Challenges to Safe and Affordable Urban Housing
Urban leaders from around the world are meeting in Quito, Ecuador, October 17-20, 2016, to set the global agenda for the future of cities at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, known as Habitat III. Through ...
The story Lima’s Villa El Salvador shows how communities and local governments can work together to make sure that informal development occurs in a structured and ordered way. Photo by Alex Proimos/Flickr.
Lima’s Villa El Salvador: A Story of Structured Informal Development
Although Lima’s Villa El Salvador neighborhood was just a dusty plain called the Tablada de Lurín in 1971, it would soon become home to some of the city’s poorest residents. At the time, there were no electricity lines, no wells, ...
3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density
3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density
Where would you feel safer walking alone at 3 A.M: a busy, heavily trafficked street, or a loosely populated section of a sprawling city? Most people would likely choose the former. Indeed, higher population densities can make city streets feel ...
São Paulo has historically struggled to expand fast enough to match rapid population growth, resulting in many informal favelas housing residents in the city's periphery. Photo by Gabriel Cabral/Flickr.
Why planning for expansion helps build sustainable, equitable cities
Consensus is building around the many benefits of compact cities. Overall, compact cities use fewer resources, produce fewer carbon emissions, and provide better quality of life for their inhabitants than their sprawled counterparts. In rapidly urbanizing countries in the global ...
Why smart growth cities are safer, healthier, and wealthier
Why smart growth cities are safer, healthier, and wealthier
Developing countries are projected to gain 2.2 billion new urban residents between now and 2050. Governments and city leaders have a choice: they can develop cities that are sprawled and auto-dependent, or they can develop cities that are connected, compact, ...
Governments must create inclusive spaces for dialogue with street vendors and craft policy to support their livelihoods and economic mobility. Photo by Carlos Penalba/Flickr.
Bridging the divide between vendors and local governments for more inclusive cities
As previously discussed on TheCityFix, many cities worldwide are facing a series of challenges around informal economic activity. As they begin to modernize and transform public spaces, street vendors are often left behind or swept away. Yet, these efforts at ...
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