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

Cities are not keeping pace with disaster protection and resilience, writes Vinod Thomas of the Asian Development Bank. 

July 26, 2016

The prohibition follows recent moves by London and Paris to ban or limit older vehicles from city roads, the Times of India and NPR report. 

July 25, 2016

Green bonds and emissions-trading schemes are among the options detailed by Siemens, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Citi.

July 22, 2016

Government intervention in the form of subsidies, tax incentives and block grants is needed to address urban housing needs, the World Bank says. 

July 20, 2016

Urbanization is increasing demand for livestock and encroaching on natural habitats with urban growth, the Worldwatch Institute says. 

July 20, 2016

A scholarship fund established by local donors in Kalamazoo covers in-state college tuition costs for eligible students, Time reports. 

July 18, 2016

The software designed by Amnesty International Brazil features crowd-sourced data on shootouts, location, injuries and fatalities, PRI reports. 

July 18, 2016

Gleaming cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi stand in stark contrast to old city centers in the region that are scarred by war and decay, Places Journal says. 

July 15, 2016

Parts of Chile’s capital are transforming into a walker’s paradise, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy says.

July 14, 2016

Proposals include charging a fee for drivers entering the city with older, polluting cars, blue & green tomorrow reports.

July 12, 2016

NACTO, an association of urban transportation officials in the U. S., urges cities to rethink road design, plan for traffic spikes and impose safety measures. 

July 11, 2016

Kibera residents can purchase affordable water and access clean restrooms, laundry and other services, according to the Cal Alumni Association, UC Berkeley.

July 7, 2016

Urban areas account for half the world’s population, but generate more than two-thirds of the fossil-fuel emissions, Clean Technica reports.  

July 7, 2016

New research indicates that China’s capital is dropping by up to 11 cm (4 inches) a year thanks to excessive groundwater extraction, CNN reports. 

July 5, 2016

More cities are expected to follow the lead of Santiago, Chile by harnessing the sun and wind as energy sources for transit networks, Fast Company reports. 

July 5, 2016

Kigali and other Rwandan cities must construct more high rises as land becomes scarce for development, the New Times reports.  

June 30, 2016

Proponents of the affordable, fuel-efficient transit option say that better urban planning would reduce traffic violations, Chinadialogue reports. 

June 29, 2016

Elevated walkways shelter pedestrians from the elements, fumes and noise, allowing them to navigate cities with ease, Places Journal reports.  

June 27, 2016

Virginia Raggi plans to recoup money for public services by ending waste, fraud and mismanagement in city government, AFP reports. 

June 27, 2016

Municipalities that represent 439 million people have made pledges, the Worldwatch Institute says. 

June 23, 2016

Mongolia is making it easier to find both city dwellers in Ulaanbaatar and nomads, NPR reports.  

June 23, 2016

The gleaming hilltop metropolis of Rawabi, now home to 250 families, could serve as a template for other new cities in the region, the AP reports. 

June 22, 2016

The city is investing more than $325 million to dramatically expand ferryboat service that matches the subway in price, the New York Times reports.  

June 21, 2016
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