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Voices of Efficiency: Dinh Quang Cuong, Amit Prothi and Da Nang’s Plans for a Resilient, Efficient Economy
Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo by Jean-Pierre Bluteau / Flickr
The government of Da Nang, Vietnam has prioritized building efficiency as part of its new Resilience Strategy to address public health and economic risks from climate change. In 2016, the city began working with the global Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) ...
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How to Attract Private Investment to Energy-Efficient Buildings? Follow the 5 “S’s”
Energy efficiency building monitoring system. Photo by Argonne National Labs/Flickr
The 2017 Sustainable Energy for All Forum kicked off with a stark warning: The world is not on track to reach its 2030 energy goals, including those on efficiency. To speed action, leaders in government and finance will need to ...
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4 Steps to Promote Safer Speeds that Save Lives
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Implements Zona 30 Low-speed Zones. Photo by Mariana Gil / WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities
This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking and ...
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Subsidizing Congestion? India’s Current Fiscal Policy for Public Buses and Private Vehicles
Photo by Adam Cohn / Flickr
Revenue generated from taxation allows governments to invest in infrastructure and resources that allow for the delivery of essential services. Broadly speaking, these investments are expected to work towards improving the quality of life for the country’s citizens. However, India’s ...
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Overcoming the Knowledge Gaps for Transit-Oriented Development: What’s Lacking?
Transit-oriented development can bring economic, cultural and societal benefits to urban residents. Photo by Bradley Schroeder / Flickr
With an increase in their rate of urbanization, many low- to middle-income countries are feeling additional demand for services, amenities and infrastructure. To address this, several cities have followed unorganized development practices (like building bigger and faster), only to meet ...
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Toward Car-Free Cities: The Inalienable Right to Park in Bogotá
Cars Park Illegally in Colombia's Capital City, Bogota. Photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo / Flickr
“Toward Car-Free Cities,” a blog series by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Urban Mobility Team, explores the challenges and opportunities for Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies. TDM focuses on reducing the demand for private vehicles through combining public policy ...
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Toward Car-Free Cities: Why Congestion Charging Failed in New York
Traffic Plagues New York City's Times Square. Photo by Javi Sánchez de la viña/Flickr
“Toward Car-Free Cities,” a blog series by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Urban Mobility Team, explores the challenges and opportunities for Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies. TDM focuses on reducing the demand for private vehicles through combining public policy ...
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The Need for Safe Speeds: 4 Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better Cities
Pedestrians cautiously approach the intersection of speeding cars in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Bernard Spragg/ Flickr
This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking ...
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Unaffordability Is a Problem, but Sprawl Is a Terrible Solution
While housing costs may be down, urban sprawl does not make cities more affordable. Photo by Kasper Christensen / Flickr
Many hard-working families spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, leaving them with insufficient money to spend on other essential goods such as food and healthcare. This is a tragedy. It results, in part, from public policies ...
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The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies
Medellin, Colombia integrates transport infrastructure to solve its transit challenges. Metroplús/WRI/Flickr
Developing cities worldwide face a severe and worsening transport crisis. A new book, “The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies,” reports that urban transport problems are following a perverse pattern: While education and healthcare tend to improve as developing cities ...