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Inside the Fight to Save One of Brazil’s Largest Urban Parks
A Resident of Fortaleza, Brazil
Deep in northeastern Brazil, far from Rio’s famous beaches and São Paulo’s bustling business district, a battle is underway to protect one of the country’s most unique urban habitats. The Cocó Ecological Park occupies nearly 3,000 acres of land in ...
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How Istanbul Is Improving Public Health by Designing for Cycling
Safe Cycling in Istanbul, Turkey
Growing physical inactivity at a global scale is causing more people to suffer from chronic diseases every day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 31 percent of adults 15 years old and older were insufficiently active in 2008, leading ...
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Designing Safer Cities for Children
Seoul, Korea Children's Road Safety
When you consider the global statistics, it’s no surprise that this year’s U.N. Global Road Safety Week focuses on children’s safety.  According to a 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 21 percent of all road traffic-related fatalities worldwide were among ...
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Who Owns Our Sidewalks?
Sidewalk in Vancouver, Nossa Cidade
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
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Friday Fun: Lessons and Innovations from India’s Temporary City, the Kumbh Mela
The Kumbh Mela
In January, 2013, a city emerged on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad, India. Temporary bamboo and fabric structures appeared on a floodplain that had been underwater just weeks before. Metal plates were laid down for ...
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How Rethinking Urban Design Can Create Healthier Communities
Active Design in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
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Friday Fun: Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative
"Wishful Thinking" Graphic Narrative Feature
India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the world. But the pressing issue of road safety is rarely taken seriously. This is particularly apparent, given the high frequency and intensity of risks that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists take ...
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Making Cities Safer by Design: a Conversation with Jan Gehl and Ani Dasgupta
Ani Dasgupta and Jan Gehl
This week is the third UN Global Road Safety week, and the theme is saving children’s lives on roads worldwide. TheCityFix had the chance to sit down with Jan Gehl, renowned architect and urban designer, and Ani Dasgupta, Global Director ...
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How a Chinese Megacity is Innovating Finance for Transit-Oriented Development
Shenzhen TOD
China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public transit infrastructure. To accommodate these changes, it’s estimated that China needs to expand urban rail by at least 3,000 kilometers by 2020—approximately a $4 trillion investment. In Chinese cities, funding ...
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Cities by People: Talking Tactical Urbanism with Mike Lydon
PeopleSt in Los Angeles
For all the buzz that tactical urbanism has received in the past several years, there’s still a lack of public consensus about the movement’s exact meaning, impact, and potential for change. Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia, Principals of Street Plans ...