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FUTURE CAPE TOWN | Gated communities lock cities into cycles of inequality

Séverine Deneuvlin and Roy Maconachie look at gated communities in the context of Buenos Aires. They show that gated communities in the Argentine capital reflect crime fears in a nation where 86% reported feelings of insecurity.

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Cities for Everybody: Walking the Jane Jacobs Effect in Buenos Aires

In the urban planning circles of the United States, no historical figure embodies both the historical mythos and current trends that have become so important to the new urbanist movement more than Jane Jacobs. Today her thinking is credited with eventually pulling New York City out of its Taxi Driver slump in the 60s and 70s and making it the dream city of all 20 somethings fresh out of college nationwide, and her book The Death and Life of American Cities is considered a classic. But how does her ideology apply to other regions with their radically different cultures, federal policies, and urban fabric?

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The Cities This Week: Edition 11

News and views from cities around the world this week.

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The Cities this Week: Edition 8

News and views from cities around the world this week.

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Transfer of subway from state to city causes chaos in Buenos Aires

Is the transfer of rail from Federal Government to City always a good idea? Buenos Aires’ subway, Subte, closes for a week amid disputes between two spheres of government.

#TransportMonth from Buenos Aires: Time warp on the Buenos Aires metro!

by Alistair Mackay

There is a line in the Buenos Aires metro (called the “Subte”, short for subterráneo) that still uses the original carriages from when the Subte was built in 1913. (It was the first metro in Latin America and in the Southern Hemisphere). You could easily miss them, because that line also has the […]

Designing Cities | Part 3: Cities should plan for densification – Thoughts from South America

Cities can either plan for densification, or be prepared to face the unplanned consequences of densifying sporadically. Cape Town can no longer afford to wait, given the increasing impact of urbanization, and the real cost of urban sprawl, writes Alistair Mackay.