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As Mexico City Writes Its Constitution, Why Should the City Embrace Land Value Capture?
As a result of pedestrianization, Madero Street in the Historic Center of Mexico City, increased its land value significantly. Photo by Reskiebak / Flickr
In 2017, Mexico City will have its own constitution for the first time—the next step in a process that will make the city more autonomous and function like a federal state of Mexico. Beyond highlighting residents’ cherished rights and freedoms, ...
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Combatting Traffic Congestion with Transport Demand Management in China
Infrastructure Incentivizes Use of Non-motorized Transport in Beijing. Photo by Benoit Colin / EMBARQ / Flickr
China has experienced unprecedented urbanization over the past 30 years, leading to rapid mobilization and a seven fold increase in the nation’s urban area. According to the Ministry of Housing’s China Urban Construction Statistical Yearbook, China’s built urban area grew ...
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Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Narrow Traffic Lanes Make Cities Safer
Traffic in Tokyo Reveals Narrow, Safe Traffic Lanes. Photo by Raphael Desrosiers / Flickr
In Beijing, Chennai and Fortaleza, the rate of fatalities from road crashes is more than 15 deaths per 100,000 residents. What do these cities have in common? They have traffic lanes wider than 3.6 meters (11.8 feet). A long-standing belief ...
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India Can Save Up to $1.8 Trillion Per Year with Smart Urban Growth
A Mother and Her Child Wait to Board Ahmedabad's Bus Rapid Transit System, Janmarg. Photo by Meena Kadri / Flickr
India is at a crossroads, and how its cities develop in the coming several years will shape its future for generations. While only about one-third of Indians currently live in cities, that number will nearly double from 420 million to ...
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Planting Healthy Air: A Natural Solution to Address Pollution and Heat in Cities
© The Nature Conservancy (Devan King)
Can nature help cities address the twin problems of air that is too dirty or too hot? Based on a new report released by The Nature Conservancy – in collaboration with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group – the answer appears ...
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7 Women Voice the Need for a Gendered Perspective in Urban Planning
Woman Biking in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. Photo by: Benoit Colin / EMBARQ / Flickr
While women represent more than half of the Brazilian population, they occupy only 10.7 percent of the seats in Congress and only 5 percent of CEO positions in the country’s companies. The general absence of women’s voices in the processes that define a ...
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Urban Freeways: Putting Out Fire with Gasoline?
Traffic Lines the Highway in Bogotá, Colombia. This Roadway Shares Space with Bus Rapid Transit System, TransMilenio. Photo by EMBARQ / Flickr
The construction of urban highways continues in many places. In Latin America, we see ongoing projects in Santiago (Américo Vespucio Oriente), Lima (Línea Amarilla), Quito (Solución Vial Guayasamín), São Paulo (Rodoanel Mário Covas) and Mexico City (Segundo Piso a Cuernavaca), ...
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Video: “What Are You Waiting For, Brazil?” Jan Gehl Calls Cities to Action
Jan Gehl. Photo by Bruno Felin / WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities
At 80 years old, Danish architect and urbanist Jan Gehl shares his ideas on how to build a better future for global cities. Gehl has spent more than 50 years in academia and the professional world becoming a different, and ...
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From Quito to Marrakech: Towards an Inclusive 1.5 Degree Pathway for Sustainable Mobility
Global Leaders  Discuss the Future of Sustainable Transport at COP22. Photo by UNclimatechange / Flickr
More than 35,000 people from around the world gathered in Quito in October to celebrate the adoption of a New Urban Agenda, and an estimated 20,000 people convened in Marrakech two weeks ago for COP22. The events and dialogue that ...
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Urban Sanity: Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities
Woman waiting for her train at Mumbai Suburban Railway Western Line Church Gate Terminal, Mumbai, India. Photo by  Benoit Colin / EMBARQ / Flickr
Does urban living threaten our sanity and happiness? Popular culture is rife with stories which suggest that living in a city increases loneliness and unhappiness, and some scientific studies indicate that urbanization increases mental illness and depression. Are these claims credible? How can communities ...