Ken Livingstone’s Lessons for Congestion Charging and City Leadership
Under the leadership of Ken Livingstone, London has become an global example for using congestion charging to improve urban mobility. Photo by mariordo59/Flickr.
Ken Livingstone, the first ever mayor of London, known for implementing one of the largest congestion charge zones in the world, will come to Brazil in September for the Mayors´ Summit and the Cities & Transport International Congress. Here is ...
How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented
Picnickers in Mexico City reclaim a freeway median as public space. Photo by Ben Welle/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 ...
Friday Fun: 3 Ways Mobile Technology is Transforming Bus Travel
Mobile-based technology is transforming bus travel in cities like Jinotega, Nicaragua and making public transit more responsive to the needs of local communities. Photo by Adam Cohn/Flickr.
In the last fifty years, bus systems have evolved significantly as a mode of public transit. From the onset of bus rapid transit (BRT) in the mid-1970s to the growing variety of alternative fuel options—including  cooking oil and human waste ...
Three Ways Public Spaces Can Make Cities More Vibrant
The Cheonggye River in Seoul, South Korea is a great example of how cities can use public spaces to revitalize the local economy and improve quality of life for residents. Photo by Kimmo Räisänen/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 ...
Friday Fun: 2015’s Top Bike Stories So Far
Bike share programs offer people a way to commute to work efficiently and sustainably. Photo by Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious.
Today is our annual Bike to Work Day here in Washington, D.C. For many city residents, commuting is ingrained in their daily routine. By targeting how people regularly travel to and from work, there’s a lot of potential to transform ...
How Cities Are Shaping International Relations
With the help of collaborative networks for learning, cities like Shanghai are emerging as global leaders and innovators. Photo by H4g2/Flickr.
It can be easy to overlook foreign policy at a city level, given that high-profile agreements are typically made between national governments. However, while countries negotiate international security deals, trade partnerships, and climate agreements, the power of cities to develop ...
Live the City 2015 Shows How 5 Cities Are Prioritizing People Over Cars
Barcelona's urban mobility plan prioritizes people over cars, outlining clear steps for improving pedestrian infrastructure between 2013 and 2018. Photo by Dylan Passmore/Flickr.
In cities around the world, urban residents want to live well, with access to jobs, education, healthcare and public space. However, because many of our current practices are inflicting burdensome social and economic costs on our cities, we need to increase ...
Three Keys to Sustainable Urban Governance
Continuously engaging the public with strong capacity is key to urban governance and sustainable development. Photo by Dante Busquets/Flickr.
The official launch of the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) yesterday marked a major milestone for urban governance worldwide. Developed by the Access Initiative and World Resources Institute, EDI looks at environmental decision making at the national level and evaluates countries ...
What Cities Can Learn From Porto Alegre about Inclusive Planning
Redevelopment of Porto Alegre, Brazil's port has been contentious, as planning has lacked public participation and respect for local culture. Photo by marcusrg/Flickr.
The sunset in front of Guaiba River, Usina do Gasômetro, and Mauá Port are iconic symbols of Rio Grande do Sul’s capital, Porto Alegre (“Porto” means port in Portuguese). Porto Alegre is a city full of life and history, and ...
Inside the Fight to Save One of Brazil’s Largest Urban Parks
With Cocó Ecological Park such a vital part of city life, Fortaleza's residents have been at the center of the debate over highway expansion and environmental preservation. Photo by Alexandre Ruoso/Flickr.
Deep in northeastern Brazil, far from Rio’s famous beaches and São Paulo’s bustling business district, a battle is underway to protect one of the country’s most unique urban habitats. The Cocó Ecological Park occupies nearly 3,000 acres of land in ...