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Car Pride, Bus Shame: 2017 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Joanna Moody and Rafael Pereira
Formed in memory of Lee Schipper, founder of EMBARQ, the scholarship is awarded annually to advance the field of sustainable mobility. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil/ Flickr
The Lee Schipper family and WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities are pleased to announce that Joanna Moody and Rafael Pereira have been selected to receive the 2017 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. Joanna Moody will explore “car pride” and attitudes ...
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Do Bus Rapid Transit Systems Improve Equity? A Look at the Evidence
Do Bus Rapid Transit Systems Improve Equity? A Look at the Evidence
Some time ago, professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria sent me an intriguing message: Did I have data on how bus rapid transit systems, or BRTs, affect equity in cities? Impact evaluations for changes in travel time, cost, ...
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Friday Fun: How Pop-Up Clothing Shops Help Create More Equal and Sustainable Cities
The Street Store in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo credit: Street Store
Everyone, in one way or another, relies on clothing every day. Clothing is essential to keeping us warm and protecting us from the elements. Yet, ill-fitting clothing or having no clothes at all can cause great hardship beyond exposure to ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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Opening the Floodgates to a New Climate Economy in Mexico City
Opening the Floodgates to a New Climate Economy in Mexico City
The Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico, as Mexico City’s wider metropolitan area is locally known, faces a two-fold dilemma. In recent years, the intensity of rains has increased, straining drainage systems and causing severe flooding in low-lying areas. ...
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To Improve Core Services, Cities Should Embrace Disruption
To Improve Core Services, Cities Should Embrace Disruption
Innovative business models can turn entire industries on their head – just ask retail executives how Amazon has changed their world, mobility companies about Uber, or music magnates about Apple’s legacy. How we shop, move, and enjoy music is fundamentally ...
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Between the Road and the Built Environment: Exploring New Opportunities for Africa’s Cities
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities Convened Urban Experts in Nairobi, Kenya for a Workshop on Equal Cities for All. Photo by Talia Rubnitz
WRI Ross Center’s engagement with sub-Saharan African cities is emerging with new projects, research and training programs. In this series, we explore – and ask partners – how to pursue and maintain equal and sustainable cities, highlighting people, spaces, challenges ...
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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 ...
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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, ...