Friday Fun: A bird’s eye view
Shanghai from above. Photo by Mike Hedge.
It can be disorienting to view familiar cities from above. The details that seem to define cities while we move through them on the ground are missing. Instead, shapes representing streets and buildings emerge, almost abstract. But we can tell ...
The unrealized potential of parklets
The unrealized potential of parklets
Over the next few decades, urban areas across the world are projected to experience exponential population growth. In the U.S., Census information shows that the largest cities, those with a population of over half a million, grew more in the ...
Urban guerrillas work to make cities safe for bicycles
Urban guerrillas work to make cities safe for bicycles
Peaceful urban activists are setting a new trend for resilient Latin American societies. In the midst of the massive motorization caused by increased income levels, they all share one idea: we still have time to reclaim our streets – for ...
A short history of the city
A short history of the city
You probably know that urban planning has been around for a long time, but did you know that many of our urban planning principles date back to Ancient Greece? Nearly every major city across the world can attribute their design, ...
The number crunch: Predicting motorization in China
Some estimates place the number of motorized vehicles in China at 1 billion by 2050 - a number impossible to sustain. Photo by IceNineJon.
China’s dramatic increase in motorized vehicle use has greatly exceeded past predictions. Now, latest estimates suggest that, by 2050, as many as one billion vehicles (excluding electric bikes and rural vehicles) will be on the road in China. This is ...
Launching the iBus: How public outreach led to transport success in Indore, India
Indore's new iBus now carries more than 23,000 passengers daily. Photo by EMBARQ India.
This post originally appeared on WRI Insights. Indore, India—nicknamed “Mini Bombay”—is a booming city of two million people. The city’s rapidly growing population has created serious problems, including increased road congestion, travel delays, traffic accidents, and environmental degradation. Enter the “iBus.” Indore’s new Bus ...
Putting people first: Cities lead the fight against climate change
Better bicycle infrastructure is a sign of sustainability efforts in developing countries. Photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo.
Julia Thayne reports on the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards Ceremony and Conference, September 4-5 in London. In many places in South America, owning a car is equated with obtaining high socioeconomic status. During recent years, however, cities such as Bogota, ...
Friday Fun: 589 reasons to bicycle to work
Friday Fun: 589 reasons to bicycle to work
There are many reasons to commute to work by bicycle. One commuter, Tim Goldby, recently demonstrated a great reason: it is often faster to commute by bicycle than by car. You can watch as Goldby zooms by 589 cars on ...
Making way for urban reform in Mexico
Improved institutions, including a national department focused on Urban Reform, have set the stage for necessary changes to Mexico's cities. Photo by World Bank Photo Collection.
78% of Mexico’s population is urban, and 88% of the country’s gross production can be attributed to 93 cities. However, until recently, Mexico lacked a national urban policy, and the consequences have been disastrous. Finally, changes have begun to take ...
Friday Fun: One month as a city of the future
The EcoMobility World Festival has turned one neighborhood in Suwong, South Korea, into car-free city for one month. Photo by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.
For the month of September, Suwon, South Korea has transformed into a city of the future. 18 miles south of Seoul, Suwon is the capital city of the province of Gyeonggi-do, and is home to over one million inhabitants. Suwon ...