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Do Brands Matter in Public Transit?
Metrolinx is undergoing a serious brand refresh, checking out at a quarter million dollars. Photo by Arild/Flickr
Metrolinx, the provincial government agency that oversees public transit in southern Ontario, including Toronto, recently found itself under fire for spending upwards of a quarter of a million dollars to refresh its brand. The agency says the primary impetus for the project ...
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Beyond “Take, Make, Waste”: Developing Cities Show the Possibilities of the Circular Economy
Sidewalk shoe-repair stands demonstrate how some emerging countries embrace the circular economy. Photo by Panoramio/Wikimedia
By 2050, the global population is expected to soar beyond 9 billion people, 66 percent of whom may live in cities. Accompanying this stunning pace of urbanization will be a complex web of challenges related to consumption, pollution and water and energy stresses. Recently, ...
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Video: Rit Aggarwala on the Promise of Big Data and a More Responsive City
Video: Rit Aggarwala on the Promise of Big Data and a More Responsive City
Rit Aggarwala says we should think of the city as a machine. “It requires capacity to handle the people, the traffic, the throughput, the sewage, the garbage, everything that a city is there to handle. And if it is overcapacity, ...
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London Illustrates the Benefits – and Risks – of Compact Growth
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Islington is the most densely populated area in the United Kingdom, yet wandering around the quiet streets of the north London borough, it is difficult to appreciate just how many people live there. Handsome terraces, elegant squares and a plethora ...
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How Commuting Choices Influence Quality of Life in India’s Cities
How Commuting Choices Influence Quality of Life in India’s Cities
Cities across India are undertaking a variety of land-use, transportation and housing projects, but most plans do not consider the connection between the built environment and the health of residents. This is a mistake, according to new research by the ...
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Addis Ababa’s New Light-Rail Network Gets a Safety Audit
Addis Ababa’s New Light-Rail Network Gets a Safety Audit
Addis Ababa’s light rail transit system (LRT), launched in October 2015 as the first LRT in sub-Saharan Africa, serves some 120,000 passengers a day. The LRT may help reduce travel times for some, and lead to a safer, cleaner transport ...
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The Crisis in Affordable Housing Is a Problem for Cities Everywhere
The tragedy of Grenfell Tower brought to light the global challenge of urban inequality and affordable housing. Photo by Wasi Daniju/Flickr
There has perhaps been more attention paid to affordable housing this year than any in recent memory, but it took a tragedy to make it so. The horror of Grenfell Tower touched off a national conversation in the United Kingdom ...
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Make Cycling Safer in China – By Design
Chinese Citizen Cautiously Bikes Around Beijing. Photo by  Benoit Colin/WRI
The original version of this article appeared on ChinaDaily. The renaissance of bike-riding is a welcome development, so let’s improve conditions for the users. Orange, yellow, blue, green, rainbow…bike lanes in Chinese cities are quite colorful these days. Thanks to ...
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Video: Edgar Pieterse on Housing and the Democracy Deficit in African Cities
Video: Edgar Pieterse on Housing and the Democracy Deficit in African Cities
Edgar Pieterse, an urban scholar and founding director of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, says there are two major challenges facing African cities today. First, the majority of urban residents don’t have access to ...
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After the Deluge: How Houston Can Rebuild With Resilience
Flooded coastal cities following Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Daniel J. Martinez/The National Guard/Flickr
As southeast Texas residents and officials conduct what’s certain to be a grim accounting of Hurricane Harvey’s deadly impacts, they will also turn their attention to rebuilding and recovery. When they do, they will face a clear choice: whether to ...