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Plugging the infrastructure gap: How can cities attract private investment?

London's Crossrail is the largest urban infrastructure project being built in Europe

Traditional sources of city infrastructure funding from central governments and big banks have been badly affected by the global financial crisis, so cities need to look at innovative ways of securing the necessary funding. Jonathan Andrews and Richard Forster explore how with better governance mechanisms and greater revenue raising powers, local governments can begin to attract the institutional investment, which

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Interview: Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

Having hosted the final of the World Cup and become the first Chair of C40 Cities from the global south, 2014 has been an eventful year for Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. William Thorpe talked to the mayor about the legacy of the World Cup, the city’s focus on better access to services for the favelas and his

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The new cathedrals of football

Mané Garrincha Stadium, Brasília

Richard Forster reports from Brasilia, which following the successful staging of seven World Cup matches, is bidding to have its stadium officially rated the most sustainable in the world

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A new era for traffic control

Municipal traffic controllers can access a central traffic control system via a private Cloud from their PC, tablet or smartphone

Intelligent software and cloud-based solutions have the potential to revolutionise a city’s mobility. Nick Michell looks at new software developed by Siemens that allows city managers to monitor and maintain traffic lights and detectors from any location in the world using a private cloud

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New health plan calls for smoking ban in London’s public spaces

The mayor could implement the bans on over 8,000 hectares of parks and open space including Trafalgar Square

Iconic London spaces like Trafalgar Square and Regent’s Park could become smoke free if new recommendations from the London Health Commission are implemented.

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US cities: Fiscal outlook is healthier

Eighty percent of citiy finance officers surveyed report that they are better able to meet financial needs

Cities in the US are more optimistic about the direction of their fiscal conditions for the first time since the global financial crisis, according to a new survey.

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Guangzhou unveils shortlist for awards

GZAlogo

The city of Guangzhou in southern China has revealed the 15 cities shortlisted for the Second Guangzhou Awards for Urban Innovation, for which there will be a special ceremony in November.

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New evidence-based platform to unlock further funds for cities

The Ecological Sequestration Trust/resilience.io

A new platform will aim to help city planners and decision makers anywhere in the world to assist their cities become more resilient and in the process help them to attract new sources of funding.

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New Bloomberg funds to target road safety in cities

WHO

Bloomberg Philanthropies has renewed a five-year US$125 million donation to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic accidents through its Global Road Safety Programme.

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Cities present resilience measures at Siemens’ London event

The event was held at the Crystal, Siemens' sustainable cities initiative

At Siemens’ Creating Resilient Cities event in London yesterday, delegates from the cities of London, Johannesburg and Ljubljana gave presentations on how their city was attempting to deal with the effects of climate change, assume leadership in mitigating and adapting, and become more resilient.

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Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam wins Public Procurement of Innovation Award

Anja Van Bavel of the Erasmus University Medical Centre and Aren Mijs of IMS Medical receiving the award from Bonifacio Garcia Porras of DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

The Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam, from the Netherlands, was yesterday announced as the winner of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award, at the EcoProcura conference, in Ghent, Belgium. The Dutch hospital, which saw off competition from five other finalists, was praised by the jury for its innovative robotic bed washing facility.

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Plugging the infrastructure gap: How can cities attract private investment?

London's Crossrail is the largest urban infrastructure project being built in Europe

Traditional sources of city infrastructure funding from central governments and big banks have been badly affected by the global financial crisis, so cities need to look at innovative ways of securing the necessary funding. Jonathan Andrews and Richard Forster explore how with better governance mechanisms and greater revenue raising powers, local governments can begin to attract the institutional investment, which is critical to their development

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