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Making space for street vendors: Towards equitable urban development

As previously discussed on TheCityFix, informal street vendors in cities around the world experience daily challenges to their economic livelihoods. For example, street vendors are perceived to be detrimental to city life, unhygienic, noisy, and to obstruct smooth flow of commuters, pedestrians and traffic. In the minds of some policymakers, hawkers crowd sidewalks, plazas and parks, come too close on the subway, or sell too close to local businesses. Many of these complaints, however, are due to insufficient spaces and infrastructure for street vendors. Read more.

México incoherente

En esta entrada me gustaría abordar el tema del ingreso y la percepción que éste brinda en la sociedad. En fechas pasadas el Consejo Nacional de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social (CONEVAL) reportó el informe referente al Índice de Tendencia Laboral de la Pobreza (ITLP). Este índice mide el poder adquisitivo del ingreso laboral respecto a la adquisición de la canasta alimentaria. En pocas palabras, si el índice aumenta, menos gente puede adquirir una canasta alimentaria con su ingreso disponible. Leer más.

Access to broadband Internet is the link to economic prosperity

Whether in a low-income neighborhood in the United States or an urban center in the developing world, access to broadband internet is key to opening pathways to economic prosperity. Reliable internet connections provide new gateways to health services, education, commerce and entrepreneurship in communities around the world. Read more.

How a generation of young leaders is emerging from India's slums

On a recent Sunday afternoon in the tightly packed slum of Narela at the edge of Delhi, a group of children sat on a bright green rug amid broken tiles, bricks and bits of wood, engrossed in an animated discussion about their neighborhood. Hens and goats roamed around. Older women in the traditional Indian sari sauntered past. Plastic buckets, used to fetch water from the nearby standpost, lay stacked in a corner. A small child shrieked, trying to clamber aboard a push-cart. The children, roughly between the ages of 7 to 16, talked of the need for toilets, clean water, parks and street lights. The weekly meeting of their child club, known as Mannat, was in progress. Read more.

Jakarta di fajar 2015: Akselerasi pembangunan yang lebih inklusif?

Di blog terakhir saya menunjukkan dampak dari turbulensi politik nasional pada implementasi dari berbagai rencana terobososan pembangunan di Jakarta. Jika kita melihat apa yang terjadi dalam dua bulan terakhir, Desember 2014 dan Januari 2015, turbulensi politik pada tingkat lokal di Jakarta sepertinya membaik, sementara pada tingkat nasional terlihat justru memanas. Kita menyaksikan dibawanya beberapa anggota FPI yang melakukan demonstrasi menentang pelantikan Ahok sebagai gubernur Jakarta, yang berlangsung rusuh dan penuh kekerasan. Kita juga gembira Ahok telah memilih Djarot Syaiful Hidayat, mantan Bupati Blitar di Jawa Timur sebagai wakil gubernur. Djarot, kader PDIP, dianggap sebagai pemimpin daerah pro-rakyat yang berhasil yang dalam beberapa hal mirip Jokowi dalam menangani masalah pembangunan. Sungguh, paling tidak dalam dua bulan terakhir kita menyaksikan Djarot terbukti sebagaimana diharapkan oleh masyarakat, menangani persoalan secara langsung, dan melengkapi dengan baik gaya kepemimpinan Ahok yang cepat dan transparan. Baca lebih lanjut.

A água acabou, e o que você vai fazer a respeito?

Feche os olhos e imagine o dia em que você irá abrir a torneira da sua casa e simplesmente a água não sairá. Esse é o futuro muito próximo (menos de 40 dias) dos moradores de São Paulo, que estão vivendo uma das maiores crises de água de sua história. O Sistema Cantareira, que abastece boa parte da cidade e região metropolitana, está operando com 5,1% de sua capacidade --que já inclui a segunda cota do volume morto. O Governo de São Paulo já está prevendo um rodízio do uso da água, com corte de abastecimento por cinco dias e dois com uso. Leia mais.

¿Qué esperar de este 2015?

Como ya es sabido, el 2014 fue un año sumamente complicado: la economía continua aletargada; una clase política mexicana que no termina de comprender los tiempos actuales y las exigencias que éstos traen; grupos diversos que pugnan por derribar a un gobierno elegido democráticamente, aludiendo que ello sería la solución a todos los problemas actuales; sólo por mencionar algunas. Leer más.

Finding the right fit with Mayorlinks clothiers

Even in a room full of almost 100 of Lagos's top executives and government leaders, David Mayowa was among the best-dressed. He and his business partner Emmanuel Gbenga were at the US Consulate pitching David's new clothing brand, Mayorlinks, and they had to dress for success. Such an occasion called for a beautiful bespoke suit. David was confident in his suit’s quality. After all, he'd made it himself – along with all the other items he and Emmanuel were wearing when they won over the judges with their clothing concept. Read more.

Evaluando el impacto de los programas y políticas de desarrollo social II

En la pasada entrega, comenté algunos indicadores de seguridad alimentaria y educación (rezago educativo y asistencia escolar). En esta entrega me gustaría continuar señalando algunos indicadores importantes que brindó el CONEVAL en su reporte denominado Informe de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social 2014 Leer más.

Innovating for smart, sustainable cities: A Q&A on urban mobility with Zipcar founder Robin Chase

2015 is a year of utmost importance for the global sustainable development agenda, and cities will play a pivotal role. Landmark global decisions over the next 12 months provide opportunities to unlock the potential of cities and improve quality of life for billions worldwide. TheCityFix sat down (for the second time!) with Robin Chase, shared mobility entrepreneur and speaker at the upcoming Transforming Transportation 2015 conference on how cities can advance urban mobility solutions that are both environmentally sustainable and people-centered. Read more.