Eugenie Birch Explains Why Today’s Slums Are Different, and How to Do Density Right
University of Pennsylvania Professor Eugenie Birch provides a historical perspective on slums, urbanization and density. Photo by Adam Cohn/Flickr
Dr. Eugenie Birch, eminent urban planner and author, is the Co-Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research and Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania. A long member of city planning organizations and academia, ...
COP21 Highlights Importance of City Actions in the Climate Fight
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We have entered the age of the local leader. At COP21, more than 400 mayors came together for the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, organized by Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations ...
What’s Stopping Carsharing? 4 Challenges Holding Emerging Markets Back
As carsharing expands into emerging markets, it's experiencing some unique challenges. However, carsharing operators--like YOYO--are finding their own niche in the market. Photo by YOYO
What is the future of carsharing? What impact will this innovation have on cities? What are the key challenges for ensuring that carsharing becomes a vehicle for sustainable mobility? This four-part series from TheCityFix draws on new research from WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, exploring and ...
Leapfrog or Lock-in? Exploring the Potential Impact of Carsharing
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Growing from 6 operators in 2012 to 41 by mid-2015, carsharing is rapidly expanding in emerging markets worldwide. What is the future of carsharing? What impact will this innovation have on cities? What are the key challenges for ensuring that carsharing ...
Four Facts about Carsharing in Emerging Markets that Might Surprise You
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Growing from 6 operators in 2012 to 41 by mid-2015, carsharing is rapidly expanding in emerging markets worldwide. What is the future of carsharing? What impact will this innovation have on cities? What are the key challenges for ensuring that carsharing ...
BRTData: 200 Cities Now Registered in World’s Largest Open-Source BRT Database
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Without preventative action, there will be more than 2 billion cars on the road in 2035, heightening already existing congestion and air pollution. However, there are alternatives to private vehicles that can circumvent this business-as-usual scenario, which are highlighted in ...
Friday Fun: 3 Ways Citizens Are Using Technology to Tackle Air Pollution on Their Own
Victims of poor air quality and smog, citizens have begun dealing with air pollution on their own terms. Photo by Wilson Hui/Flickr
For the first time in history, Beijing’s government issued a “red alert” for smog, shutting down the city for three days. Announced on December 7, the alert took place while COP21 was in full swing at Paris, where China, the ...
Proper Use of Congestion Fee Can Cut China’s Traffic Jams
The success of China's upcoming congestion charges hinge on their ties with sustainable public transport. Photo by Tim Riley/Flickr
The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport is considering a trial of congestion charges on vehicles from 2016 to mitigate traffic congestion in the city. The government’s priority, as proposed in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) and the Traffic Congestion Mitigation ...
India Can’t Afford to Lose Any More Lives Due to Road Crashes
India's streets are notoriously dangerous. However, a new bill being passed through the Indian government offers hope to the country's road safety problems. Photo by Gilbert Laszlo Kallenborn/Flickr
Globally, 1.3 million people die each year in road traffic crashes. India, with only 2 percent of the global motor vehicle population, accounts for more than 10 percent of those fatalities. Further, in 2014 about 141,000 people lost their lives ...
Carsharing: A Vehicle for Sustainable Mobility in Emerging Markets?
New research by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities shows that carsharing operators, like Carrot, are booming–and will play a significant role in shaping sustainable urban mobility. Photo by Eliseo Gasca/EMBARQ Mexico.
Growing from 6 operators in 2012 to 41 by mid-2015, carsharing is rapidly expanding in emerging markets worldwide. What is the future of carsharing? What impact will this innovation have on cities? What are the key challenges for ensuring that carsharing ...