“Open Traffic” Provides Unprecedented Data to Urban Policymakers
“Open Traffic” Provides Unprecedented Data to Urban Policymakers
Cities are complex and fast changing organisms, especially in low- and middle-income countries where rapid population growth, urbanization and technological advances are creating a dynamic mix of opportunity and challenge. One major issue facing many cities is road safety. On ...
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 ...
Reversing Mumbai’s Bicycle Decline Has Broad Implications for Quality of Life
Bicycles navigate traffic in Mumbai, India. Photo by Adam Cohn/ Flickr
Bicycling is on the decline in India’s largest city; perhaps as few as 0.8 percent of a population of 12 million bicycles, according to one estimate, down from an already-low 6 percent measured in 2008. In a new op-ed for ...
Making Air Quality Data Available to All: WRI, Development Seed, OpenAQ Partner to #FixtheAQGap
Making Air Quality Data Available to All: WRI, Development Seed, OpenAQ Partner to #FixtheAQGap
WRI recently announced a partnership with OpenAQ and Development Seed to help more users access – and contribute to – air quality data from around the world through the OpenAQ open source platform. This update, which originally appeared on OpenAQ’s ...
3 Ways Bhopal’s Bike Sharing System Breaks New Ground for India
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan at the Bhopal bike sharing system launch. Photo by Sarika Panda
On Sunday, June 25th, Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, launched India’s first fully automated bicycle sharing system as part of the second anniversary of its much-talked-about smart cities program. This development comes just three weeks after Mysore launched the ...
Is the Tesla Model 3 Our Ride to a Sustainable Future?
Is the Tesla Model 3 Our Ride to a Sustainable Future?
This past weekend, Elon Musk shared the first images of a production Tesla Model 3—the much-anticipated new electric vehicle that had hundreds of thousands of people lining up last year to place preorders. It was the latest in a series of ...
Public Spaces: What Can Urban Planning Gain from the Mobile Internet Revolution?
Technological innovations can modernize urban planning and make policies and guidelines more efficient and accurate. Photo by verkeorg / Flickr
Our impressions of a city are formed mainly by the quality of public spaces. If they are not pleasant and preserved, or if they transmit a sense of insecurity, we will seldom return. Good planning of these spaces should be the rule, ...
Public Spaces: 10 Principles for Better Urban Renewal (Hint: Think Community Engagement)
Public Spaces: 10 Principles for Better Urban Renewal (Hint: Think Community Engagement)
Our impressions of a city are formed mainly by the quality of public spaces. If they are not pleasant and preserved, or if they transmit a sense of insecurity, we will seldom return. Good planning of these spaces should be the rule, ...
3 Reasons Renewable Energy Is Poised to Take Off in Developing Nations
3 Reasons Renewable Energy Is Poised to Take Off in Developing Nations
You often hear about renewable energy success stories in cities in the developed world – places like Vancouver, which has committed to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources before 2050, or San Diego, which has promised to ...
Finding Your Place in the Global Urban Movement to Fight Climate Change
Finding Your Place in the Global Urban Movement to Fight Climate Change
For Pittsburgh, it’s a focus on improving air quality and creating renewable energy jobs. For Paris, it’s encouraging social mobility and reclaiming pedestrian areas. The common thread in these cities’ climate action plans is a commitment to pledges made by ...