Urban Studies

Washington, D.C.: The Anxious City

Ever since the year began, I have been speaking to groups across Washington, D.C. about how our city is changing. My 2016 tour has taken me to all four city quadrants, addressing groups as diverse as freshman at impoverished Ward8’s Anacostia High School and retired professionals brought together in wealthy Ward 3 by the Chevy Chase D.C. Historical Society. I have discovered a profound overarching commonality among all who have turned up to listen to me despite deep differences. Everyone complains that they are losing “their” Washington; and, everyone is, to some extent, correct.

Urban Solutions: Metropolitan Approaches, Innovation in Urban Water and Sanitation, and Inclusive Smart Cities: A New Generation of Ideas

To encourage a new generation of urban policymakers and promote early career research, the Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory, Cities Alliance, IHC - Global Coalition for Inclusive Housing and Sustainable Cities, USAID, and the World Bank have teamed together to cosponsor the Reducing Urban Poverty Paper Competition for advanced graduate students. 

Call for Papers: Reducing Urban Poverty Paper Competition for Graduate Students

To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, Cities Alliance, IHC - Global Coalition for Inclusive Housing and Sustainable Cities, USAID, the Wilson Center, and the World Bank are co-sponsoring the 7th annual paper competition for graduate students, seeking abstracts on urban poverty in the developing world.

Building a Slum-Free Mumbai

From Mumbai to “Slumbai”

When you fly into Mumbai and the plane is landing, the first thing that meets your eyes is a cramped sprawl of corrugated iron–roofed huts. They are right next to the airport runway, quietly yet powerfully reminding you that you are entering a city where nearly half of the population lives in slums. As India’s economic capital and most populous city, Mumbai has a total population of 12.44 million — 42 percent of whom live in slums.

Washington’s Changing Neighborhoods: Looking East

I was approached the other day by a distinguished older gentleman as I made my way through a neighborhood metro station on my way to speak at Anacostia Senior High School. We’ll call him Mr. Williams.  I had just passed through the turnstiles as probably the only white person among the dozens of passengers catching trains and busses, or heading to the street.  Aside from Mr. Williams, I certainly was the only passenger wearing a suit and tie.

Urban Solutions: Metropolitan Approaches, Innovation in Urban Water and Sanitation, and Inclusive Smart Cities A New Generation of Ideas

By the middle of the century, four out of every five people might be living in towns and cities. Urbanization is reshaping the world and how it works, demanding research, policies, and practice that reflect a new urban reality. 
 

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