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Urban Improvement

Can Slums Be Used as Laboratories for Urban Improvement?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Slums in the Global South are often used as "laboratories of urbanism," where initiatives are experimentally "tried out." While this approach encourages self-invention in slums, it can also be highly controversial to use informal communities as experimental territory.

What Works: Local Solutions, Global Models For World Cities

Olivia Onderdonk | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Olivia Onderdonk

Few things attract an audience like seeing a bright, young innovator talking about how they thought up, implemented, and were successful in altering l...

Bus Pull-Cords Are Back

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

I, for one, was so annoyed by the placement of the yellow strips on city buses that I got in the habit of changing seats until I had a yellow strip just inches in front of me--if I was lucky enough to get a seat, that is.