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Moscow makes over its streets with people in mind

By Timothy Misir MOSCOW, Russia — Tverskaya Ulitsa, an eight-lane thoroughfare in the heart of Moscow, is one of the city’s most historically significant roads. Editors note: This article first appeared in Citiscope.org and is reprinted with permission. Citiscope.org...

Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa on making better cities

By Neal Peirce & Gregory Scruggs This week, hundreds of mayors around the world head to Bogotá, Colombia, for what is billed as the largest gathering of the world’s local leaders: the Congress of United Cities and Local Governments. Their host is Mayor Enrique...

How Kampala is building a culture of taxpaying

By Amy Fallon KAMPALA, Uganda — Standing in front of a van packed with passengers and luggage on the roof rack, taxi driver Abu Mugisha is glued to his smartphone — paying his taxes. Editors note: This article first appeared in Citiscope.org and is reprinted with...

At the U.N., a breakthrough on Habitat III talks

By Greg Scruggs UNITED NATIONS — After 38 hours of non-stop negotiations, diplomats Saturday night delivered an agreement for a new global strategy on sustainable urbanization, called the New Urban Agenda. With the newfound consensus — which had been elusive, coming...

In Kinshasa, building a fashion industry one stitch at a time

By Stephanie Bakker & Yvonne Brandwijk KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Born here 33 years ago, Gloria Mteyu went abroad to find her way in the fashion industry. Mteyu studied in New York and at the fashion academy in Milan, and worked in Paris for the...
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