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

New research shows a correlation between increasing intensity of the urban ‘heat-island effect’ and suicides among seniors 65 and older, the Taipei Times reports.

August 25, 2016

The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking scalable solutions on crime, pollution, education, inequality and more. 

August 25, 2016

The Bonaventure freeway will be transformed into a green urban boulevard, the CBC reports. 

August 23, 2016

A typical superblock consists of nine square blocks, with the periphery open to all traffic but only local access to interior streets, Vox reports. 

August 22, 2016

Municipal governments are extending their reach into issues such as immigration, climate change and peacemaking, Devex reports. 

August 19, 2016

The urban innovation contest will focus on ways to help U. S. cities bolster talent, economic prosperity and civic engagement, the Knight Foundation says.

August 18, 2016

Bus service in three areas was suspended after an attack last month in a café popular with foreigners, the Daily Star reports. 

August 17, 2016

The aid organization wants to deepen roots in the Global South, but critics think NGOs should hire more locals and pay them better, Oxfam and Quartz say.

August 15, 2016

The Big Data luminary will be charged with oversight of the city’s digital policies and outreach to the tech sector, the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio says.

August 5, 2016

The selection sheds new light on Romer’s signature idea of creating special economic zones in poor countries, The Globalist reports.  

August 3, 2016

Chicago and Kansas City are reviving vacant buildings as Newark and Birmingham pursue urban food strategies, the New York Times reports. 

August 3, 2016

A new Accessible Cycling Complex backed by the municipality features access to disabled-friendly bike lanes, the Times of Israel reports. 

August 1, 2016

The Building and Construction Authority will use the rotating lab to test a variety of innovations for the interior and facades of tropical structures.

July 29, 2016

The free global database was launched by a married couple that traveled to Ulaanbaatar to study air pollution, Earth & Space Science News reports.

July 28, 2016

A new report from the World Bank highlights how cities such as Ahmedabad and Shanghai leverage the private sector for urban renewal. 

July 28, 2016

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
Subscribe to CitiSignals