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Reflections of an Optimist

A blog by Debra Efroymson

“A defeatist attitude guarantees defeat”

Recent Blog Entries: Debra Efroymson

Carfree Day Celebrations

September 21, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Accessibility, Advocacy, Cars, Cities, Cycling, Dhaka, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Our events include various types of playful activities in the streets, to raise awareness of how much more space—and fun—we could have if our streets weren’t clogged with cars.

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Promoting accessibility and inclusivity: big words, but can we achieve them?

August 22, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Accessibility, Cities, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Urban Planning Post a comment!

When a city is completely inaccessible for people with disabilities, where do we start? Or should we just throw up our hands and declare defeat? 

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The Carfree Tree

July 15, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Cycling, Dhaka, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Isn’t it just a tad wimpy to shrug and say, “Can’t be done”?

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These boots were made for walking…

July 7, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

My colleagues at Work for a Better Bangladesh have created a video about walking—and the involvement of young people in creating better pedestrian environments. HealthBridge partners around the world are supporting this movement.

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Not enough play space? Take over the streets!

June 29, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Dhaka, Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

We can create better cities. We can invite and celebrate diversity. Watch the video below. 

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Greening the city

June 21, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Agriculture, Dhaka, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Nutrition, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

The list of benefits was so long that my eyes started to glaze over. Green roofs would mean cooler buildings, helping to reduce the urban heat island effect. People would have the opportunity to come into more contact with greenery and living things; their stress would thus decline.

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Give them space, they will play!

May 31, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Children, Dhaka, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

The more space we give to cars, the more we demand. Instead let's return some space to people!

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Bums don’t wear bowties

May 5, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

People make cities great, but what if people have grown hopelessly boring?

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Collaboration

March 16, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cars, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Public Transit Post a comment!

Students, NGOs, institutes, and media: working together, can we solve some of Dhaka's endless traffic problems?

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Small steps to a better city

March 9, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Public Spaces Post a comment!

Sometimes we can move from complaint to action...and create a small but important improvement.

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