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Property address has long been a problem in Ghana Wikimedia Commons

Ghana digitised its address system: its failure offers lessons to other African countries creating smart cities

Ghanaians aren’t using the new ‘smart’ street address system which was intended to improve service delivery.
Bill 23 proposes to eliminate or weaken many housing development regulations including site plan controls, which keep us and our natural environment safe from the negative effects of poorly controlled development. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario’s Bill 23 proposes more homes built faster, but this comes at an environmental cost

Poorly regulated housing is leading to more greenhouse gas emissions through energy loss, increased energy requirements and greater exposure to weather extremes.
The Koli community depend on fishing, but fish stocks off Mumbai’s coast have been declining. Akella Srinivas Ramalingaswami/Shutterstock

Facing the dual threat of climate change and human disturbance, Mumbai – and the world – should listen to its fishing communities

Facing human threats, Mumbai’s Koli community are taking risk reduction into their own hands – other vulnerable coastal settlements should take note.
Shops, offices, gyms and apartments dominate Brisbane’s ‘mixed use’ zone. Rachel Gallagher

How we accidentally planned the desertion of our cities

The zoning policies that planners introduced to create vibrant and resilient mixed-use neighbourhoods have had the opposite effect, as services and residential developments crowd out light industry.
The view of Barangaroo from Millers Point, still a leafy suburb on the edge of the development. Dallas Rogers

‘Let it rip’: Barangaroo, a masterclass in planning as deal-making

A bid to amend plans for the final stage of the Barangaroo project would once again favour developers’ interests over the public interest. It shows how badly the planning process has been undermined.
A worker on an electric cargo-bike ferries goods in Strasbourg, France. Frederick Florin/AFP

Could cargo bike deliveries help green e-commerce?

On paper, swapping gas-guzzling trucks for bikes may sound like an appealing option for greening e-commerce. However, there are sizeable obstacles to implementing this in cities.

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