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
Municipalities that represent 439 million people have made pledges, the Worldwatch Institute says.
Mongolia is making it easier to find both city dwellers in Ulaanbaatar and nomads, NPR reports.
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.
The city is investing more than $325 million to dramatically expand ferryboat service that matches the subway in price, the New York Times reports.
South Korea’s fourth largest city is its first to adopt a long-range wireless network for self-driving cars and other innovations, TechCrunch reports.
A city-funded program covers bus, train and plane tickets or gas money for the homeless if they can prove they have housing waiting elsewhere, KGW-TV reports.
The city-state’s long-term plans encourage residents to abandon private car ownership for public transit, cycling and driverless cars, GovInsider reports.
The professor’s research revealed that pedestrians need better protection from freight trucks and motorbikes, Meeting of the Minds says.
Sadiq Khan, the newly elected mayor, encouraged other city leaders across Europe to join him in signing the pledge, JTA reports.
Climate change, food imports and limited resources for long-term planning undermine food security across the Global South, GAIN says.
The MIT News looks at some of the most interesting urban data projects coming out of the university’s labs.
Residents of Seoul tend to downplay South Korea’s role as a major contributor to the city’s deteriorating air quality, NPR reports.
Cities would have a greater voice in European policymaking under a new framework, Eurocities says.
The innovative Baan Mankong program empowers residents to make decisions about housing and infrastructure, The City Fix reports.
Urbanization is fueling soaring temperatures in parts of India that are prompting more villagers to relocate to cities, the Independent and news. com.au report.
The seaside city in a breakaway Georgian republic is receiving a facelift as it welcomes football teams from disputed territories and other regions, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
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.
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