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Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 18:07
          Content Special Issue on “Sustainable Residential Areas”   Tracey Taylor and Zhenjiang Shen Editorial IntroductionSpecial Issue on “Sustainable Residential Areas” Xue Zhang, Yanwei Chai, Zifeng Chen, Yiming Tan Analysis of spatial and temporal patterns of daily activities of suburban residents based on GPS data: A case study of the Shangdi- Qinghe area of Beijing Bai Suling,... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 10:23
In cities, the air, surface and soil temperatures are almost always warmer than in rural areas. This effect is known as the Urban Heat Island – a term which first came into use in the mid-20th century. Until the 1980s, this effect was considered to have relatively little practical significance. In fact, given that most studies were done in cities with cold winter climates, a warmer temperature... Read more
Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 10:45
The share of urban poverty in the developing world has been jumped from 17% to 28% in the past 10 years. In eastern Asia, nearly half of all poverty is found in urban locations while in sub-Saharan Africa the urban share of poverty is 25% (Rural Poverty Report, 2011). The World Bank report said in 2000, 48.9 percent of total population was living under poverty line in Bangladesh including the 34.... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 19:14
Flying over Europe at night is extraordinary: an illuminated sea of endless urban infrastructure. More than anywhere, it is here that I get a sense of quite how much we have changed the face of our planet. Our cultures have become so urban that for many it is unremarkable to hear that over half of humanity now lives in cities. Yet, for 99 per cent of our human existence we managed without them.... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 10:10
Africa is in the midst of a massive urban transformation, with an additional 560 million people expected to live in cities by 2040, double what it is today. Such transformation–which is likely to be the most important transformation that the continent experiences this century–is only just beginning. By Sameh Naguib Wahba, The World Bank Group* Getting urbanisation right can be a major opportunity... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 12:34
Sandy Ikeda and I have published a new Mercatus paper on the regressive effects of land use regulation. We review the empirical literature on how the effects of rules such as maximum density, parking requirements, urban growth boundaries, and historic preservation affect housing prices. Nearly all of the studies on the price effects of land use regulations find that — as supply and demand... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015 - 11:22
The glittering Real Plaza shopping center in the Comas district north of Lima buzzes with middle-class energy, featuring franchises like Popeye’s and KFC, DirecTV and RadioShack, McDonald’s, China Wok and even a multi-screen “Cineplanet” movie theater. Like similar shopping malls across the sprawling Lima metropolitan area, the Comas Real Plaza is visibly aspirational; the economic prosperity and... Read more
Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015 - 10:10
Urban local government is playing an increasingly prominent role in transforming South African society. The forthcoming 2016 State of Cities Report makes the case for cities being drivers of national and local economic development. But for cities to be able to fulfil their developmental local government mandate and enable inclusive and sustainable growth, as also envisaged in the national Draft... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:36
Urbanisation and the Infrastructure Challenge Over one third of Africa’s population lives in an urban settlement. In 2010, Cairo was Africa’s largest urban conurbation with a population of 11 million, with Lagos being the second largest city with a population of 10.5 million. By 2050, Cairo will be dwarfed by both Lagos (15.8 million) and Kinshasa (15 million). The Cities Alliance[1] has... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 10:43
Cities move. People hurry from corner to corner; cars and trucks roll along the roads, while bicycles and scooters jostle for space. But sometimes that movement falters, and with it the dynamism that is the hallmark of great cities. Unhealthy smog levels and traffic jams, with their chorus of horns and shouts, are routine irritations of urban lives, and things could get much worse. The world’s... Read more