Friday Fun: Bringing Art to City Streets around the World
TheCityFix's own mural: "Cityfiksy". Photo by Andrew Stokols.
Street art can do a lot for a city: improve traffic safety, engage local political and social issues, and contribute to the vibrancy of urban communities. In many urban neighborhoods worldwide, street art is no long perceived as a public ...
How “eyes on the street” contribute to public safety
Pedestrians walk along Rua XV in Curitaba, Brazil. Even among strangers, eyes on the street provide safety in public spaces. Photo by Dylan Passmore/Flickr.
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
Why the Opportunity is now to Save Lives through Vision Zero
Cities worldwide will see unprecedented growth in the coming decades--an opportunity for ensuring development of safe streets and livable cities. Photo by Mariana Gil/Flickr.
In cities worldwide, millions of people step out their homes every day to go to work, to attend school, to see a doctor, or to visit family and friends. However, in many of these cities, commuting is becoming increasingly difficult ...
Friday Fun: Are Driverless Cars a Solution for Road Safety?
Driverless cars have the potential to complement roads designed for safety in cities like Singapore. Photo by Scania Group/Flickr.
Each year, millions of people die from traffic accidents on roads worldwide. As city leaders take action globally to improve road safety, some innovators have begun to address one of the major causes of traffic accidents, human error, by exploring self-driving ...
When it Comes to Reducing Car Congestion, India’s Cities Can Learn from its Businesses
The Indian city of Bangalore is engaging the private sector to shift how employees commute to work, reducing traffic congestion and costs for everyone. Photo by Miroslav Čuljat/Flickr.
A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities polluted, congested, and searching for sustainable solutions. Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies can provide these solutions by combining public policy and private sector innovation to reverse over-reliance on private cars. ...
Google creates company to improve cities
Google created Sidewalk Labs to solve urban challenges with technology. Photo by Roman Kruglov/Flickr
If Google was to solve urban problems as it solve digital ones, would the world be safer? Get ready because this is precisely the ambition of the Internet giant, which just announced a new company that will work at the ...
Three Enabling Factors for Building Urban Resilience
Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam has partnered with Rotterdam in the Netherlands to learn from each other's experience and collaborate on a Climate Adaptation Strategy. Photo by BBC World Service/Flickr.
Due to climate change, hundreds of millions of people in urban areas across the world will be exposed to rising sea levels, greater inland flooding, more frequent and intense storms, and regular periods of both extreme heat and cold in ...
The Urgency of Climate Refugees in Dhaka and Beyond
With an increasing number of climate refugees in cities like Dhaka, local and national leaders need to respond with a comprehensive plan of action. Photo by blese/Flickr.
In the next 40 years, climate change is expected to cause 150 million people worldwide to leave their homes and migrate elsewhere. According to a report by the Environmental Justice Foundation, this puts 10 percent of the global population at risk ...
How Urban Infrastructure Contributes to Public Space
Urban infrastructure--like this pedestrian crossing in Belo Horizonte--also serves as vital public space for residents. Photo by EMBARQ Brasil.
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
New BRT Plans for Kazakhstan
Almaty's new BRT system will be the first of its kind in the region, bringing sustainable transport to thousands of residents. Photo by FixerKZ/Wikipedia.
Since its introduction over 40 years ago, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have been adopted in over 190 cities. Across the world, BRTs have brought a level of reliability, efficiency, and safety to bus networks at a fraction of the ...