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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:15
Meeting of the Minds talked with Dr. Dario Hidalgo about the evolution of BRT and what makes it a successful part of an integrated urban public transit system. Dr. Hidalgo guides the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities international team of transport engineers and planners and also coordinates the Observatory of the BRT Center of Excellence. He has more than 25 years of experience as a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:29
Without clear, accessible streets, people with restricted mobility often face a tough choice in winter: struggle to cross icy sidewalks and snowbanks, or stay indoors. But it’s very possible for cities to better design their winter strategies for people of all abilities. On Thursday, January 4, the eastern seaboard braced itself for what became known as the “Bomb Cyclone“–a winter storm promising... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:27
All over the world people are migrating to cities, spurred by a range of economic, political, and social circumstances. Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in cities, and that is expected to rise to 66% by 2050. While this influx of new residents will put stress on urban infrastructure, it also presents an enormous opportunity to address persistent social problems, with mental illness... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:18
As 2018 begins, the following are my highly unreliable, wet-finger-in-the-air guesses for what might happen in the smart cities arena, for better and worse, over the coming year. As a general prediction, while there is no single rationale for a smart city, certain themes such as efficiency and cost, environmental impact, and the ever-intangible quality of “livability” have historically... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:16
Investment in infrastructure is vital for cities to function and prosper. But many local governments struggle to finance large infrastructure projects while a huge proportion of their residents live in poverty. Two pioneering cities – Hyderabad and Kampala – have successfully experimented with new ways of raising money, offering promising lessons for cities around the world. Hyderabad has long... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:09
One smart city mayor says to enterprise execs “Don’t come to us with solutions, ask us what we want to do.” What’s the best way for P3s to come together? The answer lies in our history and the path towards emerging tools and technologies. The essence of P3 innovation in the future will not be in the realm of financial engineering, although new forms of new structuring will certainly be vital to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 14:36
Hong Kong has held onto its title of the world’s most visited city for the ninth year in a row in market research firm Euromonitor International’s latest Top 100 City Destinations Ranking. Image: Euromonitor International The annual league table is based on the number of international tourists who spend 24 hours or more in a city. Hong Kong pulled in an impressive 26.6 million visitors in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:12
Modernity’s most common story spanning national, cultural and religious borders is about people moving from rural areas to the cities. By 2030, 80% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, following the dream of better jobs, education, and health care. Too often, however, that dream risks remaining an urban daydream, due to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 15:08
With 60 percent of people worldwide projected to be concentrated in urban areas by 2030, developing sustainable communities that are inclusive and equitable for all will require creating affordable housing located near job opportunities. Some of the most promising ideas emerging in both developed and developing economies involve combining mixed-income housing with transit-oriented developments... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 14:57
The mobility system of the United States, and of many other markets within the developed world, is going through a period of significant change, but whether we should prepare for a revolution or evolution remains a point of debate. The shots of innovation are being heard around the world, but I suggest that their echoes are likely to fade before any real, tangible changes are enacted on a... Read more

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