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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:15
Despite efforts to encourage a shift to sustainable transportation, traffic congestion is often the focus of debates over mobility. Global demand for automobiles rose significantly in the 1990s, with annual sales stabilising at close to 80 million vehicles since 2017. Faced with the flood of cars, for decades governments have attempted to improve mobility of citizens – some measures focus on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:55
The importance of cities as a foremost development topic of the hour has been recognised in the several global agendas that have been endorsed by national governments since 2015.  The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, a global vision and a landmark commitment subscribed by both developed and developing countries includes an explicit goal for cities, Goal 11, among its Sustainable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:47
The things we buy, eat, and use have a big impact on the climate—so it’s time to learn to consume a whole lot less. CITIES CAN PLAY a major role in the global effort to curb climate change, a new report says—and a major step they can take is helping their inhabitants consume a whole lot less stuff by making changes in the way cities are run. Even the most forward-thinking cities have a long... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:35
How digitalisation and decentralisation can work in tandem to unleash significant benefits for the smart cities of the future .............................. It is predicted that over 66 per cent the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, up from the current 55 per cent, and our cities will have no choice but to cope with an additional 2.5 billion people over the next 30 years. But... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:24
Introduction As the global population boomed over the last century, cities boomed to accommodate it. Today more than four billion people – more than half the global population – live in urban areas. The trend is accelerating. We expect that by 2050 the global urban population will more than double, and seven out of ten people worldwide will live in cities. In the coming decades, then... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 14:33
Although today’s U.S. labor market is strong and unemployment is low, many working-age American remain marginalized. As communities across the country grapple with the challenges of an ever-evolving labor market, this report provides a framework for local leaders to grow good jobs through industrial development strategies that are based on their regions’ unique capabilities.   MAP OF ECONOMIC... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 14:19
The growing recognition of the importance of cities for development does not alter the fact that cities and countries are co-dependant, or that cities are better off when supported by their national governments. An appropriate balance of power and responsibilities between tiers of government is at the heart of sustainable cities and in sub-Saharan Africa striking this balance requires policy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 14:05
Charlotte is vying to become the first city in the US to implement a new circular economy model that has been designed to turn waste into an US$111-million business opportunity. Launched last year under the banner of the Circular Charlotte initiative, the model is based on the findings of a report commissioned by the city council entitled Circular Charlotte: Toward a Zero Waste and Inclusive City... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 14:00
The car is set to undergo a massive transformation in the coming years, as automation gradually eliminates the need for drivers, and electric and hybrid vehicles occupy a growing share of the global market. But, in a future where autonomous cars arrive on demand to take you where you need to go, there seems little point in owning one. The average car spends around 90% of its life parked. A shift... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 13:42
The unprecedented rate of urbanization across the world has led to increased demand for good, affordable housing. A recent survey revealed that of 200 cities polled around the globe, 90% were considered unaffordable when applying the widely-used standard of average house prices being more than three-times median income. Affordability is not just about the ability to buy or rent a home, but... Read more