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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 09:59
The three shiniest shacks on the western-most hill of Enkanini, an informal settlement about a 30-minute drive from Cape Town, don’t look like much from a distance to the untrained, middle-class eye. But the small homes may well represent the best African innovation yet created to improve the lives of the millions of shack-dwellers across the continent while they wait for governments to build low... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 16:23
  Despite rapid economic growth most of the Asian countries are lagging behind in providing good sanitation in the urban areas. Most of the cities are facing a crisis regarding management of waste, especially waste water. Decentralized Water Treatment System (DEWATS) has emerged as a good, low cost solution to all these problems. Experts from all over the world will gather in the city over the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 15:11
  In Belfast, they call it the “Shatterzone”. The resonant term sums up the immense damage done to the fabric of tight urban neighbourhoods by motorways and feeder routes hacked through by roads engineers as they refashioned the city to cater for a motorised society. An old map on a billboard on Castle Street, leading towards the Falls Road area, shows just how seamless this part of Belfast was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 14:33
  Karachi’s urban mafias may have new rival in town – the big brains at NED university’s urban planning department. Its 11 MA degree students have come up with a vision for the city to make it sustainable. Now all they need is to get the people on board. Among other things, they propose using the Los Angeles charter city solution to tackle Karachi’s eternal local government problem. In this model... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:30
  The “old farmers market” is being honored for its new life as a premier football tailgating site. Columbia Green and the Columbia Tree & Appearance Commission has awarded South Carolina Athletics a Columbia Choice Award in the Renovation/Reuse category for its development of the farmers market. The athletics department and the project-design team were recognized for their contribution to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 - 10:37
UN-Habitat announced on Thursday that it is seeking city partners to pilot a new integrated urban planning and management model to help cities build resilience against disasters such as the recent superstorm Sandy which crashed through coastlines from the Caribbean and north America's Atlantic seaboard, or tsunamis and earthquakes. "This is founded on the principles of 'resilience' which... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 - 10:15
It's no joke – Liverpool is now one of the safest cities to live in. After decades of gags about Scouse scallies, figures show that London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield all have more burglaries and car crimes per person. Among big cities in England only Newcastle is safer, according to the UK Statistics Authority. The figures, disclosed by the government in response to a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 - 10:07
The city of Surprise had the second-lowest rate of property crime and violent crime in 2011 among the largest cities in Maricopa County, the city’s analysis of the latest FBI statistics showed. Based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2011, Surprise recorded 1.09 violent crimes and 21.79 property crimes per 1,000 residents last year. “These numbers show that Surprise remains a very safe city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 - 09:57
The Museum of Mexico City was the venue for the launching of the Action Plan of the Global Network of Safer Cities for the period 2013-2016, driven by the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements UN-Habitat and led by Current Mayor of Mexico City Marcelo Ebrard as president of the Global Network for Safer Cities. The UN-Habitat Director of the Regional Office for Latin America and the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012 - 09:01
President Mwai Kibaki on Tuesday launched the Syokimau Rail Service marking a major milestone in the history of railway development in the country. The station is the first to be completed under the Nairobi Commuter Rail Transport (NCR) project more than 80 years after the last station in Butere Syokimau Railway Station will impact positively on traffic management in Nairobi and its suburbs,... Read more