Breakthroughs, trends and innovations from cities around the globe
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.
Niamey has been without electricity since the beginning of May as the main electric utility contends with a severe supply shortage, Xinhau reports.
A Mexican startup has teamed with LoJack on a fleet of unmanned aircraft that can augment law enforcement, Fusion.net reports.
Erratic rail service is making traffic congestion worse and taking a toll on commuters and employers alike, the Times Live reports.
Ontario’s cities would be required to prioritize dense, walkable neighborhoods, public transit and ample green space, The Star reports.
Drought and unchecked urban development have reduced the city’s water supply to dangerously low levels, Marketplace reports.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation is compensating 2,000 residents forced to move due to a major infrastructure project, the Lusaka Times reports.
A sharp increase in ozone levels is occurring despite anti-pollution efforts, PRI reports.
An oasis for migratory birds closed for decades is now publicly accessible, the New York Times reports.
Two small U. S. cities are experimenting with mobility concepts that could serve as templates for other municipalities, NPR reports.
The capital of Bangladesh plans to absorb 16 adjacent, fast-urbanizing communities so it can extend municipal services to them, The Daily Star reports.
Mayor Herbert Bautista has prioritized affordable housing, disaster preparation and a waste-to-energy project for his third term, GovInsider reports.
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, Nippon.com reports.
The Nigerian state of Osun has teamed with UN-HABITAT on a 20-year development plan to modernize nine cities, Nigeria’s Today reports.
Preserving historic districts boosts tourism and new businesses, an urban development officer at the Asian Development Bank says.
Record low traffic fatalities in 2015 followed a concerted citywide effort to reduce speeds and improve pedestrian safety, the World Resources Institute says.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama moved swiftly to fire lazy and corrupt workers and to foster transparency, GovInsider reports.
Bright signs across the Canadian city mark the location of 25 safe zones where post-disaster support would be prioritized, the Vancouver Observer reports.
Data tools inform the work of a Rodent Task Force and ten new rodent-control teams, Route Fifty reports.
After outfitting pigeons with air-pollution sensors, a London startup plans to expand the concept to humans.
A Harvard University initiative aims to advance the use of data visualization and predictive analytics in U. S. cities.
Gizmodo reports on “Project Sidewalk.”
Choices made today may lock in the city’s future for a century, The City Fix says.
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