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WATCH: Getting Animated about TOD in Mexico

TOD is a tool for combating urban sprawl. This would mean concentrating development of housing, businesses, and services around public transit stations. TOD also takes priority away from the personal automobile and allows us to walk and cycle in a connected city.

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Voices of the City: Okuhle Magcaba

“I use bodies, faces, words and backgrounds that might seem visible or invisible to extend the vision I wish to share.” – Okuhle Magcaba, eNca Online News Writer and Photographer. See what this young mover and shaker from Johannesburg had to say about the city.

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WATCH: Open source urban design

Kirsten Wilkins and asks how the inhabitants of a city can participate in urban design decisions. Open source urban design invites more public participation in urbanism. Wilkins states that ‘We are all fluent in a non-verbal language of space-making.’

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WATCH: Portland, a Global Model of Transit-Oriented Development

Portland, the largest city in Oregon with over 600, 000 inhabitants has become a global model of transit-oriented development (TOD). A key element of TOD is the human scale – creating streets that are not only auto-friendly but also amenable to cycling and walking.

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Can transport speak to development?

Here we recap eight of the main ideas of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) for transit-oriented development.

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Voices of the City: Cyril Naicker

This week we hear from Cyril Naicker, the creative director of CT inVogue. Naicker is currently developing MyVogue Africa – a fashion reality series.

Members of Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Treatment Action Campaign, Ndifuna Ukwazi and Equal Education marching through the Cape Town CBD earlier this year to celebrate the release of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry’s findings and recommendations. Photo by Barbara Maregele.

Apartheid geography and murder in Cape Town

Class and race inequality (meaning disparities in wealth, income and education) are vital to understanding murder. Related to this is geographic apartheid, meaning historical (and today’s) “dumping” of the poorest and most vulnerable people furthest away from CBDs and traditionally white suburbs.

Photography by: Faith in a Jar

Voices of the City: Siphe Messive Tebeka

This week, we hear from Gugulethu resident and up and coming Dj, Siphe Messive Tebeka. He however does not wish to be known as a Dj, but rather a young Dance music phenomenon. He has been working on the scene and giving the masses music in the genre of Electro, Deep and Tribal House, Dub Step and Rave. Most recent of his achievements is having gone to play at one of the biggest music events in the world under the Bridges for Music initiative. There he got to mingle with the likes of Steve Aioki and Skrillex. He is most certainly one to keep an eye out for.

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If Mayors Ruled the World

Many mayors are impressive figures and time appears to be on their side. Nation states (particularly the large ones) have an increasingly hard time and, in the context of a process of globalization, cities, and particularly small city-states, increasingly emerge victorious. Cities have first-hand experience with many of the things that occur in globalization’s wake, such as immigration and cultural and religious diversity, and are generally less dogmatic and more practical in dealing with them.

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Voices of the City: Anja van der Spuy

Voices of the City is a new, weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse [...]