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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:16
As the world closes in on itself to contain the coronavirus, people are rightfully worried about how the places where they live are affecting their health and well-being. Is it safer to be in a rural area to avoid the seemingly perilous density of a metropolis? Or in a city where health care and other resources are close at hand? As the pandemic expands nationally—upending life in dense urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:57
Transport for London (TfL) will seek government support after a fall in passenger numbers over the past week as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With an increasing amount of people now working from home, the transit operator reported that passenger numbers on the underground were down by 19 percent, while bus use has fallen by 10 percent when compared to the same time last year.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:55
Cities that refuse to pay cybercriminals a ransom can often end up paying more in recovery costs and lost revenue, says a new report by Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights. It cites the City of Baltimore which refused a US$76,000 ransom demand, only to suffer over US$18 million in recovery costs and lost revenues. In 2019 alone, governments reported 163 ransomware attacks with more than US$... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:50
Thirteen solutions to assist cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic have been made available online through the portal. The portal–a “smart” marketplace that helps break down procurement barriers, allowing technology solutions to be implemented faster and more efficiently–is listing solutions–to respond to the pandemic–that are being offered by companies for free, or at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:44
Nontsundu Ndonga in uMhlathuze, South Africa, is now requiring all applications to the planning department to be completed online to eliminate the need for in-person consultations. Chris Castro in Orlando, Florida, USA, has had to postpone all of the city’s in-person Earth Day activities. Lotte Suveri, in Turku, Finland, has put all their social media campaigns about climate change on hold so... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:39
City residents are being forced out by mobs which terrorise impoverished urban districts with extortion, violence and murder CUSCATLAN/TEGUCIGALPA, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Liliana was there when local men abducted her teenage friend on the outskirts of El Salvador's capital, and she saw exactly who did it. But when police came to question her, she kept quiet. Her family, who were... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:59
From subway straps to scooters, urban living is all about sharing stuff — and swapping germs. Here’s how to lower your risk of contracting Covid-19. At a time of growing fear around the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, it’s not hard to tumble into a spiral of catastrophizing. Even the most mundane interactions of urban life suddenly feel like a high-stakes gamble: Gripping a subway strap, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:48
Will COVID-19 change how cities are designed? Michele Acuto of the Connected Cities Lab talks about density, urbanization and pandemic preparation.   Disease shapes cities. Some of the most iconic developments in urban planning and management, such as London’s Metropolitan Board of Works and mid-19th century sanitation systems, developed in response to public health crises such as cholera... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:28
In early December 2019, members of the city council in Kansas City, Missouri unanimously approved a resolution which will see it become the first major US metropolis to introduce free public transport later this year. It is a brave move in a region where 92 percent of people use cars for transit and it will cost around US$8 million–the amount the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 14:52
Whether it’s a utopian dream or a Total Recall-style nightmare, visions of a future in which all vehicles are operating independently of human control often dominates discussions around connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). But the focus on this as yet hypothetical end state ignores the fact that we have actually already begun the journey on CAVs, with many vehicles boasting both connected... Read more