Top urban news, trends and reports curated for the world’s city leaders. Edited by David Hatch

Jakarta is harnessing app technology for “predictive government” while Bandung hopes that a new app will ease crowds in tax offices, GovInsider reports. 

May 27, 2016

Niamey has been without electricity since the beginning of May as the main electric utility contends with a severe supply shortage, Xinhau reports. 

May 25, 2016

A Mexican startup has teamed with LoJack on a fleet of unmanned aircraft that can augment law enforcement, reports. 

May 24, 2016

Erratic rail service is making traffic congestion worse and taking a toll on commuters and employers alike, the Times Live reports. 

May 24, 2016

Ontario’s cities would be required to prioritize dense, walkable neighborhoods, public transit and ample green space, The Star reports. 

May 20, 2016

Drought and unchecked urban development have reduced the city’s water supply to dangerously low levels, Marketplace reports. 

May 19, 2016

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is compensating 2,000 residents forced to move due to a major infrastructure project, the Lusaka Times reports. 

May 19, 2016

A sharp increase in ozone levels is occurring despite anti-pollution efforts, PRI reports. 

May 18, 2016

An oasis for migratory birds closed for decades is now publicly accessible, the New York Times reports. 

May 17, 2016

Two small U. S. cities are experimenting with mobility concepts that could serve as templates for other municipalities, NPR reports. 

May 12, 2016

The capital of Bangladesh plans to absorb 16 adjacent, fast-urbanizing communities so it can extend municipal services to them, The Daily Star reports. 

May 11, 2016

Mayor Herbert Bautista has prioritized affordable housing, disaster preparation and a waste-to-energy project for his third term, GovInsider reports. 

May 11, 2016

A rapid mobilization force of up to 347,000 responders would converge on Tokyo and surrounding areas if a magnitude 7 or higher quake hits, reports.

May 9, 2016

The Nigerian state of Osun has teamed with UN-HABITAT on a 20-year development plan to modernize nine cities, Nigeria’s Today reports.

May 6, 2016

Preserving historic districts boosts tourism and new businesses, an urban development officer at the Asian Development Bank says.

May 6, 2016

Record low traffic fatalities in 2015 followed a concerted citywide effort to reduce speeds and improve pedestrian safety, the World Resources Institute says. 

May 5, 2016

 Basuki Tjahaja Purnama moved swiftly to fire lazy and corrupt workers and to foster transparency, GovInsider reports. 

May 4, 2016

Bright signs across the Canadian city mark the location of 25 safe zones where post-disaster support would be prioritized, the Vancouver Observer reports. 

May 3, 2016

Data tools inform the work of a Rodent Task Force and ten new rodent-control teams, Route Fifty reports. 

April 28, 2016

After outfitting pigeons with air-pollution sensors, a London startup plans to expand the concept to humans. 

April 28, 2016

A Harvard University initiative aims to advance the use of data visualization and predictive analytics in U. S. cities.

April 27, 2016

Gizmodo reports on “Project Sidewalk.” 

April 25, 2016

Choices made today may lock in the city’s future for a century, The City Fix says.

April 22, 2016
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