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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 16:28
From funding parenting classes to providing space for sports clubs, cities across Europe could foster integration and stem the social fractures that often lead to extremism, said Mayor Khan   LONDON - Cities can provide an "antidote" to populism and extremism if they build bridges between their diverse communities, London's mayor said on Tuesday, as he met the leaders of other major European... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 16:11
And so, the prevailing narrative goes: urban areas are “back.” Job growth is shifting from sprawling suburbs to core city centers. Companies are relocating to attract educated workers who prefer accessible, amenity-rich neighborhoods. Density and accessibility are the watchwords, as high-growth firms favor mixed-use, walkable, and transit-rich neighborhoods in both cities and suburbs alike. These... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 15:56
Why do people choose to live in one city over another? According to new research, more attractive urban centres command a “beauty premium”, which helps entice new residents and create employment opportunities.  The idea of a beauty premium is not new. A causal link between a person’s perceived good looks and career success is long established, and a similar phenomenon could occur with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 15:41
Roads are the world’s first social network. People and goods need to move for an economy to grow, for wealth to be created, for prosperity to be shared. Much as a dynamic economy depends on the movement of goods and services, people everywhere rely on roads to access employment, education, and health services. Many authoritative studies have underscored the growing gap between investment needs on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 15:32
It’s a sadly familiar image in several developing countries’ media reports: people frantically searching the rubble of a collapsed building for survivors. The data is disparate and scattered. But what is known confirms what the images tell us: building collapses are a common, tragic occurrence in developing countries’ cities. In Kampala, Uganda, one study counted 54 building collapse deaths and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 15:31
The relationship between parks and crime remains the subject of debate. Some scholars say parks and other urban green spaces prevent violence. When vacant lots and deteriorating urban spaces are transformed into more appealing and useful places for residents, violence and crime typically decline in the immediate vicinity. In a study of public housing developments in Chicago, researchers found 52... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 23:58
Overview Fondation Botnar, a philanthropic organization, committed to the health and wellbeing of young people, has launched the planning and design phase of an innovative global initiative called the “Healthy Cities for Adolescents Program” (HCAp) targeting young people in secondary cities, particularly adolescents. The HCAp is a three-year initiative funded by Fondation Botnar and is managed by... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:08
C40 World Mayors Summit The C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen will build a global coalition of leading cities, businesses and citizens that rallies around the radical and ambitious climate action our planet needs. The Summit will showcase examples of how cities are already delivering on their strong commitments and accelerate the bold climate solutions needed for a sustainable, healthier,... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:43
The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5°C World – a new report from C40 Cities, Arup & the University of Leeds with support from Citi Foundation  – explores the impact that urban consumption has on global greenhouse gas emissions and assesses what individuals, businesses and governments can do to reduce consumption-based emissions within cities and beyond.  Source: C40 Cities This article is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:37
New research published by C40 Cities has warned that cities may have a greater influence over global emissions than was previously thought. A report based on the research, which was undertaken in partnership with Arup and the University of Leeds, revealed how the world’s 100 biggest cities are responsible for around 10 percent of all emissions, despite having taken positive steps to reduce their... Read more

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