livable city Archive

  • My big idea for cities in 2012: Social impact bonds, Outcomes-based permitting, Public Spaces

    I have three ideas: . 1. Social impact bonds. Leveraging public dollars with private / nonprofit innovation and accountability. . 2. Outcomes-based permitting. Offering greater flexibility in urban design in order to stimulate private investment. . 3. Reclamation of government owned land for public space. Using vacant space (e.g., alleyways, utility...

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  • Can Hyderabad be made livable?

    If livable cities give all citizens equal opportunity to lead healthy, comfortable and safe lives, how livable is our Hyderabad ? Here’s a citizen activist’s perspective. Doctors prescribe half-an-hour walk everyday, among other things to stay healthy. For those who cannot afford the luxury of a gym, walking to offices is an option. How pedestrian-friendly are our Hyderabad streets? Fast food is fast becoming a pass time for children. How many outdoor choices can we show them in parks, municipal swimming pools and skating rinks? For teenagers who started relying on the Facebook for facing life’s challenges, what are the city avenues for adventure learning and sport facilities?

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  • Inclusive cities and special children

    Talking about inclusive cities has become fashionable today. It appears that conclaves and round tables on urban issues cannot be driven without this thematic session finding a niche place in the entire discussion campaign. If social inclusion is all about reducing inequalities between the least advantaged groups and the rest of society by closing the opportunity gap, are all aspects of social exclusion discussed at these forums?

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