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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. 

Violence and Gender: The Other Side of Pakistan’s Urban Unrest

Much of the international focus on violence in Pakistan’s cities tends to revolve around terrorism perpetrated by Islamist extremist groups. In reality, a variety of other major factors drive violence in urban Pakistan as well—including issues associated with water access, waste disposal, transport, and drugs and alcohol. In these cases, gender considerations play a key role.

How Do Smart Cities Talk to People?

At the Smart Cities Week Conference held in Washington, DC September 15-17, tech companies and urban innovators gathered to discuss and showcase recent developments in the emerging smart city market. One demonstration featured real-time traffic, public safety, and disaster mitigation maps appearing on large flat-screen televisions constantly flashing and cataloging data. The exhibits resembled an all-you-can-eat style menu for cities looking to become more efficient and ultimately—smart.