Work, space and transportation

October 2014 — Every modern city grapples with the challenge of facilitating residents' journeys to their workplaces, whether formal or informal, fixed or mobile. Public transportation's positive impact on congestion and the environment is clear, yet commuters often experience it as inefficient, overcrowded, and costly. Likewise, transportation in cities — for some, a way to get to work; for others, a means of income — often leads technological innovation, but can also lag woefully behind.

This month's discussion examines cities' struggles and successes in navigating the challenges of work, space, and transportation. Case studies from across the Global South will show how transportation systems must adapt constantly to new demographic and environmental needs as they try to solve problems of cities and the people who inhabit them. Follow the conversation as it unfolds throughout October — and please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Smart moto-taxi in Ho Chi Minh City: a creative initiative or a bigger jam?

Ho Chi Minh City, 3 October 2014 — Smart moto-taxis started to appear in Ho Chi Minh City in 2012. They attract low- and middle-income customers for three main reasons: reliability, flexibility, and professionalism. They also create jobs for a number of less advantaged groups. However, the immediate benefits of this transportation innovation may hide a longer-term consequence. See more.

Construyendo el metro de Bogotá

Bogotá, 2 octubre 2014 — Se espera que la construcción de la primera línea de metro de Bogotá comenzará en 2016, poniendo fin a 50 años de retrasos. Una vez que entre en funcionamiento, el metro será una pieza central en la solución de los acuciantes problemas de transporte que paralizan la ciudad. El Transmilenio y el SITP deberán también ser mejorados y expandidos. Leer más.

Biking in Bangalore

Bangalore, 1 October 2014 — Commuting is one of the biggest headaches for India's urbanites. For the poor, who are forced to rely on under-resourced public transport networks, the obstacles are greater. In Bangalore, cycling is increasingly being tested as an answer to reducing major traffic and pollution issues and providing public transport commuters with last-mile connectivity. The few projects on the ground in Bangalore, however, have either failed or failed to take off fully. We'll explore what needs to be done to make green commuting an option in Bangalore and India's other major metropolises. See more.


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The potential impact of a city-focused Sustainable Development Goal

September 2014 — When the UN General Assembly convenes in mid-September for the upcoming 69th session, its responsibilities will include the consideration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets recently proposed by the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Among the currently proposed goals is Goal 11: "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable." The inclusion of a standalone goal focused on sustainable cities and human settlements will be a powerful impetus for the international community to acknowledge and act on the critical challenges and major opportunities that rapid urbanization will present during the next 15 years.

This month's discussion will explore the potential impact of an urban-focused SDG on policy-level solutions, examining institutional structures, capacities, laws, plans, and programs. Check out this month's articles to read about solutions coming from across the Global South — then join the conversation in the comments below.

Sustainability or transformation? City futures in Cape Town and the global South

Cape Town, 22 September 2014 — Cape Town, like other cities in South Africa and globally, has begun speaking a discourse around 'sustainability'. The renewable energy industry in South Africa is already one of the fastest-growing in the world, but increasingly a balance will need to be struck between returns for the private sector investment required and the needs of the broader society. If left unchecked, 'green' ventures may well turn into a new kind of hegemony, justifying further investment in the wealthiest areas at the expense of the poorest. See more.

Planeamiento urbano pensando en la sostenibilidad: Un objetivo ambicioso en Cali

Cali, 19 septiembre 2014 — El crecimiento de las ciudades en América Latina ha sido caotico. El Plan de Ordenación Territorial, actualmente en discusión en Cali, contempla aspectos con una ambiciosa agenda que incluye la creación de un sistema municipal de áreas protegidas, la apertura de nuevos espacios verdes, mejoras en la infraestructura de transporte y una densificación del centro de la ciudad. Leer más.

Pemulangan pendatang ilegal untuk menekan laju urbanisasi Jakarta

Jakarta, 18 September 2014 — Urbanisasi adalah proses tak terelakkan untuk Jakarta. Magnet ekonomi menarik banyak orang dari wilayah lain untuk mencari penghidupan yang lebih baik. Laju urbanisasi yang tidak terkontrol menyebabkan kota kehilangan keseimbangan. Pendataan terhadap pendatang baru dan sosialisasi informasi kependudukan menjadi kunci menahan laju pertambahan penduduk Jakarta. Baca lebih lanjut.

Ciudad de México quiere subir el salario mínimo

Mexico D.F., 17 septiembre 2014 — El D.F. propone aumentar el salario mínimo de las personas empleadas para que estos salgan de la situación de marginación y pobreza. Este cambio está relacionado con la meta 7ª de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sustentable para las urbes sobre la erradicación de la pobreza. Leer más.

The 'African City of the Future': Johannesburg's 2040 vision

Johannesburg, 15 September 2014 — Understanding the challenges of modern cites as resulting from complex and inter-related factors, the key innovation of Joburg's 2040 vision is to move away from a narrow sectoral approach toward a more thematic one, to which all targeted City interventions can aim. But high-level frameworks alone can never bring such a complex conceptual map into being. Enabling environments must be supported on a number of levels, as they filter knowledge both 'upwards' and 'downwards', build interdisciplinary capacity, and value creativity and spatial thinking. See more.

Surabaya sebagai Kota Pintar (Smart City)

Surabaya, 12 September 2014 — Surabaya menjadi pionir dalam implementasi Smart City di Indonesia telah mengaplikasikan system teknologi dan informasi yang terintegrasi ke dalam pemerintahan, transportasi dan lingkungan. Melalui konsep ini Surabaya diharapkan mampu meningkatkan kualitas pelayanan publik menjadi lebih cepat, transparan dan akuntabel. Baca lebih lanjut.

التخطيط الحضري والتنمية المستدامة في القاهرة

Cairo, 11 September 2014 — أخذت الحكومة المصرية على عاتقها الحد من التلوث وتوسعة المناطق السكنية وتحسين مستوى حياة الأجيال المصرية الجديدة بتحسين التخطيط الحضري ودعم أهداف التنمية المستدامة من خلال مناطق حضرية خارج العاصمة... أقرء المزيد عن تلك المبادرة... إقرء المزيد

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