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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 10:32
Take a careful look at the data on urbanization in East Africa and three trends stand out. First was the low level of urbanisation in the region in 2000, relative to the rest of the continent (34 percent) and the world (47 percent). Second, is the very fast growth rate of three of East Africa's capitals. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's 'World in Figures 2010', Kigali is the fastest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 10:21
In his State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that faster economic growth requires accelerated land reform in rural and urban areas and a clear property rights regime. Until now land reform has been a rural programme. What does the inclusion of ‘urban’ mean for the millions of people living in our cities and towns without equitable access to land? Informal settlements are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 12:15
High housing costs can make a difference in how well and how long we live. This topic is the focus of this year’s County Health Rankings, an annual report on the many factors that shape health and opportunity, county by county, across the nation. This year, data in our Key Findings Report show us that too many communities are burdened by severe housing costs—when people must spend more than half... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 12:08
A significant part of the field of urban innovation focuses on the potential of technology to solve city problems. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the world of smart cities. A dominant smart city narrative goes something like this: Today we are lucky to live at a time when a number of game-changing new technologies have reached a state of maturity. We have smartphones, apps, cloud... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:59
All coastal cities are facing sea-level rise, but some will be hit harder than others. Asian cities are in for a particularly rough ride. Part of the reason for that is that the populations of coastal cities are bulging: about four out of every five peopleimpacted by sea-level rise by the middle of this century will live in East or South-East Asia. Surging waters will lead to spiking food... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:48
Congestion, rising housing prices, rising cost of living and increased homelessness are all stressors—but so-called social compacts can help   A recent report from the Economist Intelligence Unit highlights the increasing fragility that urbanization can bring. Jakarta’s rising urban population is facing challenges due to its unique water infrastructure. Flooding and continued pollution from deep... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:43
I heard a local story of a man who, in his excitement to kill a rattlesnake, used the only thing he had available — his thermos bottle. The next scene in this drama has the man in the hospital receiving antivenin to treat a snake bite. Encounters with wildlife are becoming more common in towns and neighborhoods as urbanization increases,and people often do not know what to do in these situations... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:20
The UN Secretary-General's report on the ‘Long-term impact of current trends in the economic, social and environmental areas on the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals’ seeks to inform the ECOSOC High-level Segment that will take place on 19 June, immediately following the HLPF. The report analyzes trends related to demographic changes, urbanization, climate change, conflict and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:17
Urbanization has long been associated with industrialization and a decline in green spaces. This has resulted in pollution and a lower quality of air and living, which contributes to climate change and an overall worse living environment within the city. One of the reasons for this is that many modern buildings are designed with utility and functionality — and not having green spaces — in mind.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:15
The explosive growth of cities all over the world has led to major shifts in diets, especially in rapidly urbanizing low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia. As incomes rise in concert with urbanization, food consumption patterns often change to include more refined grains, animal sourced foods, sugars, and fats. As a result, urban areas—and particularly the urban poor—now face... Read more