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Financing Sustainable Infrastructure: A Tale of Two Cities
Financing Sustainable Infrastructure: A Tale of Two Cities
Investment in infrastructure is vital for cities to function and prosper. But many local governments struggle to finance large infrastructure projects while a huge proportion of their residents live in poverty. Two pioneering cities – Hyderabad and Kampala – have ...
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If Cities Are to Lead, National Transport and Housing Policy Needs to Change
If Cities Are to Lead, National Transport and Housing Policy Needs to Change
Across the world, it’s becoming clearer that development goals must be urban goals. As their populations and global connections grow, cities account for an ever-growing portion of the global economy. But despite their prominence, cities can’t do it alone. Local ...
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TheCityFix’s Top 10 Blogs from 2017
TheCityFix’s Top 10 Blogs from 2017
What is a sustainable city? What can cities do to reduce their carbon footprints while expanding transit networks and economic growth? In 2017, TheCityFix addressed some of the most burning questions in urban development, informing city leaders and decision-makers on ...
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Toward Thriving Cities for All: Our 2017 Impact
Toward Thriving Cities for All: Our 2017 Impact
2017 was a tumultuous year in some respects. We’ve seen major natural and man-made disasters, disruptive new politics in many countries, and an upswing in carbon emissions. But it was also a year that strengthened the role of cities at ...
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BRTData Adopts New Standards to Classify Bus Corridors Worldwide
BRTData Adopts New Standards to Classify Bus Corridors Worldwide
Global BRT Data, an international platform managed and updated by WRI Brazil Sustainable Cities, began a new partnership last week with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and its tool, BRT Standard, which defines criteria for a true ...
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Ride-Hailing: Great for Users, But Sustainability Is an Open Question
Ride-Hailing: Great for Users, But Sustainability Is an Open Question
“Ride-hailing” or “ride-sourcing” companies like Uber, Easy Taxi, Ola and Didi have made it much easier for passengers to get around cities everywhere, providing real-time location data, increasingly accurate arrival times, seamless payment and customized services. Goldman Sachs estimates the ...
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Jenna Davis on Why Policy Reform Can Do More for Clean Water Access Than Technology
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There were 663 million people without access to safe drinking water in 2015, according to the United Nations and World Health Organization. Many of those going without are from low-income households in cities across the global south. Jenna Davis, associate professor ...
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Nairobi’s Dangerous Streets Set to Become Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists
Nairobi’s Dangerous Streets Set to Become Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists
This series, supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries. In 2015, 447 pedestrians were killed from traffic-related incidents in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital of more than ...
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WRI Ross Center Wins Prince Michael International Road Safety Award
WRI Ross Center Wins Prince Michael International Road Safety Award
Each year, the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award recognizes the most outstanding achievements and innovations to improve road safety and save lives worldwide. On December 12, 2017, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities was named a winner of the Prince Michael Award for ...
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What the Zika Epidemic Means for Gender and Urban Climate Planning
What the Zika Epidemic Means for Gender and Urban Climate Planning
Almost exactly two years ago, South America was swept up in a public health crisis that affected hundreds of thousands of women. In Brazil, more than 2,600 children were born with microcephaly – an abnormally small head – and other ...