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Navigating Kibera Through Community Design
Navigating Kibera Through Community Design
Wrapping your head around Kibera is no easy task. This Nairobi neighborhood is home to more than a quarter of a million people who live in an area smaller than New York’s Central Park. Most residents lack affordable access to ...
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Video: Alain Bertaud on Breaking the Mold for Urban Development, Balancing Climate Goals
Video: Alain Bertaud on Breaking the Mold for Urban Development, Balancing Climate Goals
Cities across the global south are in a bind. As they absorb more residents, providing access to core services like housing and energy – already a challenge – is getting even harder. Policymakers are looking for answers, and Alain Bertaud, ...
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New Transited-Oriented Development Policy Has Big Implications for India’s Cities
A hypothetical development using transit-oriented development principles along a metro rail. Graphic by Neha Mungekar and Nikhil Chaudhary/WRI India
India’s burgeoning cities are famous the world over for their startling vibrancy – and, sometimes, their startling problems. A new national policy, enshrining more transit-friendly development principles, aims to steer urban planning in the world’s largest democracy towards more compact ...
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New York’s Plan to Save Subway Seen as a Test for New Ways to Support Transit
New York’s Plan to Save Subway Seen as a Test for New Ways to Support Transit
For the first time in over two decades, transit ridership in New York City is on a downward trend—and we should have seen it coming. Once a trailblazer for investment in mass transit, New York’s subway system is starting to ...
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Can Reef and Beach Insurance Improve Coastal Resilience?
Aerial photography of Punta Gorda, on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast. Photo by Carlton Ward
When you hear the word “nature,” what do you think about? A pristine beach? Maybe your favorite wild animal? Nature means different things to different people. But do you think of nature as a powerful source of protection from storms, rising ...
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Winner Take All? Richard Florida’s ‘New Urban Crisis’ Part of Growing Global Focus on Unequal Cities
Winner Take All? Richard Florida’s ‘New Urban Crisis’ Part of Growing Global Focus on Unequal Cities
Cities are growing rapidly in more places than ever before, but this growth is not always accompanied by prosperity. The specter of inequality – and fear that it could short-circuit economic development – has been rising in the global urban ...
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50 Shades of Shared: How For-Hire Vehicles Got Their Start in India
Taxis emerge in Indian Cities during Phase 1 and 2. Saad Akhtar/Flickr
India’s urban transport sector has seen tremendous change in the last 15 years. This series examines the evolution of for-hire vehicles (FHVs), the regulatory response to it and its place in the mobility network of the future. Street-hail vehicles dominated ...
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50 Shades of Shared: The Evolution of India’s Taxis, Rickshaws and Other For-Hire-Vehicles
50 Shades of Shared: The Evolution of India’s Taxis, Rickshaws and Other For-Hire-Vehicles
India’s urban transport sector has seen tremendous change in the last 15 years. This series examines the evolution of for-hire vehicles, the regulatory response to it and its place in the mobility network of the future. Indian cities are growing ...
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BRTData Enhances Indicators to Improve Accuracy and Comparisons
Bogotá, Colombia's BRT, TransMilenio. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina / Flickr
Since 2012, BRTdata.org has provided up-to-date information on bus rapid transit systems (BRTs) in more than 200 cities, from passenger data to coverage and costs. Developed in partnership with the Centre of Excellence for Bus Rapid Transit, International Energy Agency ...
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Global Solutions, Local Scale: Recycling Efforts Show Promising Path for Climate Action
It's time for cities and businesses to take charge on recycling. Photo by Mo Riza/Flickr
Now that cities can no longer rely on the U.S. federal government to take serious action on the global threat of climate change, many are seeing a path to success through collaboration. Legions of businesses, cities and nonprofits are banding ...