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Access to affordable housing in Latin America: Lessons from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico

Buenos Aires has moved away from mega housing projects

Latin American countries are the most urban in the developing world, have high homeownership rates, and boast above average household incomes based on developing world standards, yet over 30 percent of households are living in inadequate housing. Jonathan Ballantine examines the policies that have been developed to tackle the housing deficit.

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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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Cities Today and Smart City Expo World Congress announce partnership

Fira de Barcelona

Cities Today and the Smart City Expo World Congress, an industry-leading event on smart cities, hosted by Fira de Barcelona, have announced the signing of a media partnership.

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Intelligent Community Forum announces world’s Smart21 Communities of 2015

Intelligent Community Forum

The Intelligent Community Forum yesterday named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2015. The Smart21 list recognises community-wide efforts that employ Internet broadband services and other information and communications technology in ways that improve economic as well as social opportunities.

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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 report healthier fiscal outlook

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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Access to affordable housing in Latin America: Lessons from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico

Buenos Aires has moved away from mega housing projects

Latin American countries are the most urban in the developing world, have high homeownership rates, and boast above average household incomes based on developing world standards, yet over 30 percent of households are living in inadequate housing. Jonathan Ballantine examines the policies that have been developed to tackle the housing deficit.

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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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