Posts Tagged ‘cities’

Evidence based participative parking policy – a case of Idrija

By Aidan Cerar and Urban Jeriha. Cities everywhere are on a mission to reduce car traffic and promote sustainable mobility. Not only to improve air quality, but also to provide more space for citizens to enjoy the city outdoors and practice social life in public spaces. The usual steps towards a more sustainably mobile city [...]

By Aidan Cerar, on November 9th, 2018 at 18:44

Buying a Better Future

Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson was the Lead Expert for Procure and is currently the Network Expert for Making Spend Matter. He represents URBACT on the EU Urban Agenda Partnership for Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement and believes the way cities buy goods and services can change for a better economic, social and environmental future. The ‘Buying a [...]

By Matthew Jackson, on October 30th, 2018 at 14:12

Best social media posts and best photos from 2018 #URBACTFest!

On 13 and 14 September 2018 URBACT City Festival took place in the wonderful city of Lisbon (PT). More than 500 participants, from 200 European cities gathered to celebrate the rising influence of cities as actors of change. URBACT also took the opportunity to celebrate the 15 years of the URBACT Programme! With this post [...]

By URBACT, on September 21st, 2018 at 08:18

Send a Summer Postcard to Eurocities

It’s Time for Change At a time when Europe is striving to retain its legitimacy and relevance in the face of growing disillusionment and Euroscepticism, cities can provide a critical link with citizens. It’s time to change the way things are done in Europe. In a recent interview, Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES Secretary General, emphasised [...]

By Federico Guerrieri, on August 13th, 2018 at 10:35

A Call for a European Fund for Municipalities to Welcome Refugees

Can cities become a space for a new European conception of transnational solidarity? In this interview by European Alternatives, German politician and professor Gesine Schwan, proposes the idea of a European Fund for municipalities to welcome refugees. This article is an extract from an article published on Politicalcritique.org on 21 June 2018. You have a [...]

By URBACT, on June 29th, 2018 at 13:36

Financing Cities – a view from the European Investment Bank

How can the European Investment Bank (EIB) support the financing of urban projects?  What does a city need to do to access EIB finance?  What is EFSI and what can it do to help a city fund both innovative actions and the development of infrastructure in its area? After twenty years working in cities and [...]

By Desmond Gardner, on May 15th, 2018 at 11:12

Democracy in America?

One of the first, and definitely most famous, observers of American democratic institutions saw in local government one of the key pillars to the newly established democratic system. Alexis de Tocqueville was impressed by New England townships’ degree of self-government. Today, almost two centuries after Tocqueville’s essay was published, it may be time to conclude [...]

By Fernando Fernandez-Monge, on April 13th, 2018 at 10:06

Cities investing in heritage and everyday culture in Greece and Cyprus: turning citizens in active participants rather than passive viewers

By browsing through the 97 URBACT Good Practice cities one can notice that culture and heritage are given a central role in several of them, e.g. Lisbon is implementing a strategy in order to protect historic shops, Malaga is turning a downgraded central area in a creative district, in Budapest Ujbuda residents are the ones [...]

By Nicholas Karachalis, on October 24th, 2017 at 10:24

Placing your city in the European context: the Urban Data Platform

A little background… One of the main aims of the Urban Agenda for the EU is to improve the knowledge base and the collection of comparable and reliable data on urban development issues – this would in turn facilitate the monitoring and benchmarking of European cities, and foster the engagement of citizens in urban related [...]

By Claudia Baranzelli, on March 28th, 2017 at 10:00

Will American cities be trumped?

Democrats are being bullish about the future of cities under a Trump administration, but financial realities will soon bite.   In general, larger cities are more likely to vote Democrat than small towns and rural areas. Ivan Tosics’ article of 15th November showed that it was often the smaller urban areas that supported Trump. Indeed, [...]

By Peter Ramsden, on December 20th, 2016 at 15:39