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The tragedy of Grenfell Tower brought to light the global challenge of urban inequality and affordable housing. Photo by Wasi Daniju/Flickr
The Crisis in Affordable Housing Is a Problem for Cities Everywhere
There has perhaps been more attention paid to affordable housing this year than any in recent memory, but it took a tragedy to make it so. The horror of Grenfell Tower touched off a national conversation in the United Kingdom ...
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Confronting the Urban Housing Gap
Confronting the Urban Housing Gap
More than 1.2 billion city dwellers – one of every three people living in urban areas – lack access to affordable and secure housing. This housing gap is a major drag on the economy and the environment. The impact is ...
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Children play in flood waters after torrential rains in Kampung Melayu, Jakarta. Photo by Kate Lamb, Freelance journalist.
What About the People? Unlocking the Key to Socially Sustainable and Resilient Communities
Rapid urbanization, economic growth and climate change are putting increasing pressure on urban communities around the world. While strong physical structures are important, social relationships play a key role in determining urban communities’ resilience during adverse weather events. Community resilience ...
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Transit-oriented development can bring economic, cultural and societal benefits to urban residents. Photo by Bradley Schroeder / Flickr
Overcoming the Knowledge Gaps for Transit-Oriented Development: What’s Lacking?
With an increase in their rate of urbanization, many low- to middle-income countries are feeling additional demand for services, amenities and infrastructure. To address this, several cities have followed unorganized development practices (like building bigger and faster), only to meet ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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