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Signs reflecting conspiracy theories around the 15-minute city are displayed outside Parliament Hill in May 2023. Alongside other comparable initiatives, 15-minute cities represent an effort to place collective health and well-being at the centre of urban planning. (Shutterstock)

New study reveals four critical barriers to building healthier Canadian cities

Canada’s cities must be planned around resident health and well-being, our research reveals the key barriers to developing truly healthy cities.
Cities should be planned around existing natural resources. Stephen Appiah Takyi

Ghana: Kumasi city’s unplanned boom is destroying two rivers – sewage, heavy metals and chemical pollution detected

The inability of city authorities to enforce land-use regulations has allowed people to carry out ecologically unfriendly activities along the water bodies.
Textured surfaces on city pavements can help make public space more accessible to disabled persons. (Shutterstock)

Despite legislative progress, accessible cities remain elusive

Decades of activism have resulted in legislation and infrastructure to make cities more accessible, but the lived experiences of disabled residents shows there’s still a long way to go.
Researchers investigated how the availability of neighbourhood amenities may have contributed to changes in youth mental health and stress levels during the first six months of the pandemic. (Unsplash/Paul Hanaoka)

Neighbourhood amenities may have helped youth mental health and stress early in the pandemic

Neighbourhood features may have helped youth cope with the mental health impact of pandemic restrictions. Parks didn’t play much of a role but food amenities and the suburbs did.
Bulldozed land at the planned site of a controversial police training facility, with Atlanta in the distance. Cheney Orr/AFP via Getty Images

A First Amendment battle looms in Georgia, where the state is framing opposition to a police training complex as a criminal conspiracy

This isn’t the first time that US authorities have criminalized civil disobedience or framed grassroots organizing as a conspiracy.
A registered nurse treats Dominic Rodriguez for a skin injury related to xylazine use in Philadelphia in May 2023. Treatment vans are allowed in the city, but not supervised injection sites. Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Philadelphia bans supervised injection sites – evidence suggests keeping drug users on the street could do more harm than good

A group of academics look at the global evidence to examine the potential impact of supervised injection sites in Philadelphia and the US.
Crews clear lots of destroyed homes in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., in February 2022, four months after Hurricane Ian. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Climate change is a fiscal disaster for local governments − our study shows how it’s testing communities in Florida

A new study of Florida’s fiscal vulnerability to climate change finds that flooding directly threatens many local tax bases.

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