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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:43
Crossing the street while texting could cost you your life. If you live in Honolulu, even if you survive, thanks to legislation passed earlier this year, it could also land you a hefty fine. The Hawaiian capital is not the only city trying to get us to look up from our phone. Hayward, California, introduced snarky signs in 2015, reminding us to “Cross the road, then update Facebook.” Singapore ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:21
In local government, success is defined by what you leave behind. Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, who is now a fellow with the Open Society Foundation, met with a group of us at Governing a few months ago to discuss the project he is working on for the foundation, an effort to identify the characteristics of leadership that result in success for state and local government officials. Of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 - 15:03
In my role at EY, I’m lucky enough to work on our global programs for Future Cities, as well as on our Platform Partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative. As a result, I see some interesting issues arise at the intersection between smart technologies, including IoT-enabled infrastructure, and resilience challenges, such as climate, jobs and economic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 - 11:57
We went to Buenos Aires to help redesign the city’s most iconic informal settlement and learned to appreciate what residents had already built. Planners and urban designers often face an uncomfortable paradox: People tend to prefer neighborhoods that developed organically with the contributions of many over those that were master-planned by a small group of experts. City makers love to use terms... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 14:58
This series, supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries. In 2015, 447 pedestrians were killed from traffic-related incidents in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital of more than 3 million people. Amidst cars and minibuses (“matatus”), pedestrians are forced onto the street when sidewalks end or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 14:52
Smart cities are coming. It is important that they be as much about nature, health, and wellbeing as traffic flows, crime detection, and evermore efficient provision of utilities. As yet, there are no smart cities. I read of plenty of people and organisations working hard to create them. However, so far, we have had initiatives, policies, strategies, and some projects, but no examples of cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 14:33
As the economy has changed, so have the relationships between places, to the disadvantage of smaller cities and rural areas. SAN FRANCISCO — Well before anyone thought of this place as the center of the tech economy, the Bay Area built ships. And it did so with the help of many parts of the country. Douglas fir trees logged in the Pacific Northwest were turned into lumber schooners here. Steel... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 14:28
During the 19th century—at the end of which Karl Benz built what many consider to be the first real automobile—mankind saw more technological and societal changes than it had in the preceding nine centuries. Fast forward to the current century, with futurist Ray Kurzweil (2006) confidently predicting that over the course of the next 100 years we’ll experience 20,000 years of  progress, as  rapid... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 13:20
UN-Habitat predicts the number of people living in cities will almost double to 7 billion in 2050 from 3.7 billion today SEATTLE, Dec 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Malaysian woman is set to take the helm of the United Nations agency seeking to improve life in fast-growing cities, which will be home to two-thirds of the world by 2050. The United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General has appointed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 12:54
Cities took a stand on climate issues, and spurred change for transit, housing, and more Thanks to a new occupant in the White House, cities are being asked to do more, be more, and help more people than they ever have before. Cities are now leading the nation in addressing issues of environmental justice, economic accessibility, and racial inequality. The different ways that city leaders... Read more