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Bloomberg

Feargus O'Sullivan

15 July 2020

Athens, Greece

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Athens's distinctive apartment buildings, known as polikatoikia, have unintentionally solved problems most cities grapple with. The housing complexes have given rise to a city that has socio-economic integration, dece...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

17 March 2020

Norway

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The Norwegian government has banned residents from retreating to their rural, vacation homes as they self-isolate during the COVID19 pandemic. Those that do will face a nearly $2,000 fine, or 15 days in jail. This ban...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

9 March 2020

London, United Kingdom

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A recent study on London's trees revealed benefits far beyond city beautification. The report found that trees saved the city billions of pounds in air cooling, air purification, carbon sequestration. The report also ...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

13 November 2019

Paris, France

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Although Paris public transportation ridership is booming - a goal of the city's to make a positive impact on "green" development - city officials are now looking to expand the metro lines to be able to fit the demand...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

25 October 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom has started cracking down on high-emission vehicle drivers by creating restricted zones that fine drivers of cars that emit a designated amount of pollution into the air; the carbon emissions in thi...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

7 October 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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In order to cut back on automotive emissions and traffic within the city center, Amsterdam has introduced road-dividing "cuts" - called "knips" in Dutch - along major roadways to make travel in the city center easier ...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

28 January 2019

Bari, Italy

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A city in Southern Italy is starting a program that pays commuters to cycle to work on the heels of similar successful programs in France and the Netherlands. While more cycling can mean improved public health and low...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

8 January 2019

Netherlands

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Dutch public transportations are trying some innovative techniques to cut down on fare-evaders, emphasizing that consequences for those evading fares should not just impose fines but convince them to become ticket buy...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

17 December 2018

Tirana, Albania

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Making adults change their habits and viewpoints is hard. Helping children change is easier. That’s the basic principle around which the recent recreational development of Tirana, Albania is based. By making green sp...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

26 November 2018

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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While more permanent housing is built to meet demand in the Netherlands, the stopgap answer is to build “tiny homes.” Completely built in a factory, these tiny homes still provide all basic housing amenities. They wil...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

10 October 2018

Paris, Paris Region, France

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Climate-adapted schoolyards are just one way that Paris is adjusting and preparing for climate change under the leadership of Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Although it hasn't been simple and has involved a shift in cultural per...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

6 June 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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Swamped by short-term vacation rentals, Barcelona pushed Airbnb to share data with government officials and help ensure that only licensed properties are listed on the site. The agreement offers a model for how other ...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

23 May 2018

London, United Kingdom

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Public Practice is the name of a new London social enterprise that is placing top urban planners in local government authorities. The program aims to incorporate skilled urban planners in essential city tasks: buildin...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

27 June 2017

Vienna, Austria

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With the staggering amounts of garbage produced by modern lifestyles, waste disposal is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge for communities around the world. Vienna has tackled the trouble of trash with an in...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

20 December 2016

Stockholm, Sweden

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In Stockholm, old Christmas trees are being converted into biochar. When integrated into the city's highly-efficient power grid, the project has been wildly successful--not only in improving soil, but also in retainin...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

3 August 2016

Paris, France

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France’s cities, including Paris, are among the world’s most expensive to live in. In 2015, France passed rent control laws that restrict outlandish rent increases through the Rent Observatory that oversees the differ...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

9 July 2015

Berlin, Germany

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To address the increasing unaffordability of housing in Berlin, the city introduced a new rent control law to prevent rates from exponential growth. The city has also outlawed vacation rentals in certain zones of the ...

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