This case study in the World Resources Report, Towards a More Equal City, examines transformative urban change in Johannesburg, South Africa, through transit-oriented development (TOD). The Corridors of Freedom program aims to help reduce spatial inequality in the city by extending bus rapid transit to many new areas and spur new or improved infrastructure for non-motorized transport, social facilities and public infrastructure.
Cities in Brazil, India and Indonesia are using the new Urban Community Resilience Assessment tool to prepare for a warmer world.
This report highlights how the Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) was piloted in three cities, its potential to build more climate-resilient cities and communities, and ways to enhance the tool for future implementation.
From a waste-pickers’ cooperative in India to a cable-car system in Colombia's slums, we're beginning to see what innovative urbanization can look like.
A clear message from cities emerges from the IPCC 1.5 report: Cities must live and build differently to mitigate and adapt to climate change. A manifesto from WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities lead Ani Dasgupta.
This case study in the World Resources Report, Towards a More Equal City, examines transformative urban change in Kampala, Uganda, by following its sanitation reforms. The research follows the political process that created favorable conditions for the implementation of innovative solutions to sanitation service provision. The unfolding change remains vulnerable to shifting fiscal priorities and local political instabilities, however, with continued support from all stakeholders, it seems likely that the urban change in Kampala will be sustained.
This document synthesizes key insights and entry points to address air pollution and its range of environmental, public health, and socioeconomic impacts from a multi-stakeholder workshop hosted by WRI and partners.
Shorter blocks, narrower lanes, chicanes, roundabouts, speed humps and raised crossings can make roads safer.
Restoring forests in 4,000 targeted hectares would over time reduce sediment pollution by a third and turbidity by half in São Paulo's stressesd water system.
Most people don’t associate cities with trees, but urban areas are actually dependent on healthy forests. A new initiative helps cities protect trees—both those within city boundaries and others hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
A new report from America's Pledge shows that states, cities and businesses are on track to reduce U.S. emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, approximately two-thirds of the way to the national pledge of cutting emissions 26-28 percent by 2025. And they could easily get even further.
Ahmedabad uses a unique process to make sure that new developments receive city services.
This case study in the World Resources Report, Towards a More Equal City, examines transformative urban change in Ahmedabad India, by analyzing the land pooling and readjustment mechanism called Town Planning Scheme (TPS). This paper reviews the evidence on whether the TPS mechanism has enabled transformative change with equitable outcomes in Ahmedabad City—and if so, how.
Civil society organizations in Pune pushed for reforms to waste management and transport. Government worked with them—to a point.
This case study in the World Resources Report, “Towards a More Equal City,” examines the processes of transformative change and the conditions enabling and inhibiting it in Pune, the second largest city in Maharashtra state, India. Many initiatives across diverse sectors have had a positive, qualitative impact on sustainability and service provision in Pune, particularly in its solid waste and transport sectors. These initiatives reflect important shifts in the local government’s attitudes and systems towards greater sustainability and equity and have had a positive impact on many lives.
Quito, Semarang City, Vienna and São Paulo are just a few of the cities that have used data to reshape transportation policy to reduce sexual violence, improve road safety and increase access for the disabled.
New taxes and fees shouldn't just raise revenue. They can do more than that: they can make cities more livable and transport more sustainable.
WRI Board Member and Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase argues that we should make sure that taxes encourage all forms of sustainable mobility, including walking and biking.
Market signals and political will to decarbonize the buildings sector are still missing. But in surprising places, from Mexico to India to Kenya to China, net or nearly-zero-carbon buildings are emerging.
Participatory budgeting programs can empower the poor to allocate funding to projects that will help them in their daily lives. But when these programs lack legal safeguards, changing political tides can draw funds and commitment away, undermining their effectiveness.