Why we need sustainable urbanization: A response to the Medellín Declaration
Participants at the seventh World Urban Forum crafted the The Medellin Declaration, which advocates for placing equity at the center of sustainable urban development. Photo by Mariana Gil/Flickr.
Over 22,000 attendees gathered in Medellín, Colombia for the Seventh World Urban Forum (WUF7) from April 5 – 11, 2014, sharing ideas, experiences, and challenges for creating more sustainable and equitable cities. The conclusion of the WUF7 saw the release ...
Integrating health benefits into transport planning and policy: The case of Indore, India
The city of Indore, India, is a pilot city for the creation of a new Health Impact Assessment methodology that will be used to evaluate the potential impacts of transport developments and policies on city residents. Photo by McKay Savage/Flickr.
India alone accounts for about 10% of traffic fatalities worldwide. Fourteen lives are lost every hour, totalling 330 people that die each day on India’s roads. Out of this number, pedestrians comprise 21% of these deaths. In order to combat ...
Urban green space makes people happier than money
Researchers find strong correlations between access to green space and increased levels of physical health and happiness. Photo by Mark Carter/Flickr.
As much as cities can be drivers of economic and social progress, sometimes it’s downright stressful to live amid the hustle and bustle of today’s urban centers. To escape this stress, many urban residents take refuge in green public spaces, ...
TheCityFix Brasil selected as Brazil’s best sustainability blog of 2013-2014!
EMBARQ Brazil's Communications Manager, Fernanda Boscaini, and Blogger extraordinaire, Maria Fernanda Cavalcanti, accept the TopBlog Award at a ceremony in São Paulo. Photo by EMBARQ Brazil.
Thank you, TheCityFixer! With the power of your vote, TheCityFix Brasil was selected for the second consecutive time as the best sustainability blog in Brazil by TopBlog. Different from previous TopBlog awards, this is the first time TheCityFix Brasil has ...
Right to breathe: The link between transport and air quality
Cities around the world seek out ways to shift, avoid, and improve their infrastructure and transport modes to decrease air pollution. Photo by WBUR/Flickr.
Today, the highest levels of air pollutants are concentrated in developing cities, particularly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Motor vehicles contribute between 25 and 75% of this air pollution. In March 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released ...
Friday Fun: Promoting a culture of sustainability—celebrations of Arbor Day around the world
caption: Cities around the world celebrate the many positive impacts of trees on Arbor Day. Photo by longzijun/Flickr.
Arbor Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the many positive impacts of trees on our lives, has expanded from a small effort by American pioneers to transform Nebraska’s arid lands, to a global celebration that brings hope for a more ...
Cities that inspire us for United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2015
Pedestrianization projects like that of Istanbul's historic peninsula can reduce traffic crashes and protect pedestrians. Photo by Andres Arjona/Flickr.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the third Global Road Safety Week occurred in April 2014. The third Global Road Safety week is planned for 2015.  Already there are 1.2 million traffic-related deaths per year worldwide. ...
Hailing autos everywhere: Entrepreneurial ideas transform Chennai’s auto-rickshaw sector
New services are venturing to transform the way the auto-rickshaw sector is managed in Chennai, India - to the benefit of users. Photo by Mattheui Aubry/Flickr.
Chennai, the capital of the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has long been infamous for the poor quality of its auto-rickshaw services. Until recently, it was best known for delinquent drivers fleecing passengers as they refused to use fare ...
Friday Fun: Light the way to safer streets with these glow-in-the-dark road markings
Glow-in-the-dark roads show a glimpse of the innovative ways designers are imagining the future of urban transport. Photo by Reggie Wan/Flickr.
Imagine what roads might look like in the future. Possibly roads will be able to tell drivers when they might be slippery via markings that appear when it is cold out, or, roads might automatically turn off street lights when ...
Creating active cities and healthy citizens through innovative urban design
Urban design has a large impact on lifestyle, with bike lanes and pedestrian pathways promoting healthy behaviors for city residents across Brazil. Photo by Raul/Flickr.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, killing as many as 17 million people each year. Sedentary, inactive lifestyles are a major contributor to this rise in cardiovascular disease – stress, pollution, poor diet, and lack ...