Has India Improved Energy Efficiency?
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Globally, India ranks fourth in energy consumption, but it is not well endowed with energy resources. Being the second most populous country in the world, how India manages its industrialization and urbanization process will matter for national and global concerns ...
TheCityFix’s Year in Review: 5 Stories Readers Loved This Year
A family sits by the water in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Benoit Colin/WRI.
A lot happened this year. Despite the diverse range of stories we covered, a few trends emerge that catch our eye. This year on TheCityFix, cities safer by design, bicycles, and compact urban development were some of our top themes ...
TheCityFix’s Year in Review: 5 Conversations with the World’s Top Urban Experts and Leaders
With 2015 almost over, we reflect on the conversations we had this year and what we learned from one another. Photo by Adam Cohn/Flickr.
As 2014 comes to a close, it’s important that we look back and take stock of all that we learned—and the people we learned from. Over the past year, TheCityFix had the opportunity to sit down with some of the ...
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 ...
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Public Spaces Worldwide
Fireworks go off in Cartagena, Colombia for New Year's Eve. Photo by Louis Vest/Flickr.
If one night out of the year were to demonstrate the value of public spaces for healthy, inclusive cities, New Year’s Eve might be the best example. Many urban areas attract millions of partygoers ever year, eager to ring in ...
TheCityFix’s Year in Review: 3 Series Take a Deep Dive into the World’s Pressing Urban Issues
A street scene in Mumbai, India. Cars--and how we use them--took center stage in this year's series on TheCityFix. Photo by Nico Crisafulli/Flickr.
Cities are complex systems, and many of the problems facing our urban communities are deeply complex. From the local decision making environment to shared mobility and managing transport demand, three series featured on TheCItyFix this year took a deep dive ...
How Cities Around the World Use Public Space to Celebrate the Holidays
To celebrate the holidays, cities close down streets for pedestrians, open markets, and hold parades in public spaces. Photo by Ted Eytan/Flickr
For cities, holidays signal a transformation in atmosphere. Street lights change colors, decorations are hung, and festivals turn sleepy downtowns into largescale celebrations for locals. Just as families and individuals adorn their homes with ornaments and trimmings, cities use their ...
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 ...