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Redefining Amazing

January 11, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Accessibility, Dhaka, Happiness Post a comment!

It is too easy to believe that only those of us with "respectable" professions make a contribution in the world, and to believe that we should be entitled to all the respect...

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Visiting a vastly more liveable Hanoi!

October 11, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Cycling, Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!

 The streets were full of life: thriving sidewalk cafes with diners watching the activity on the streets, children cycling, musicians playing, traditional actors performing, and a sense of enjoyment of the city.

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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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Let’s regain our public spaces

June 9, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Advocacy, Cars, Dhaka, Exercise, Funding, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

Having grown up enjoying the beauty of Western Ghats in a small town of South India, moving to a highly dense city like Dhaka was a huge challenge. In contrast to the morning fog, roads meandering between the hills, coffee orchards and chirping birds, in the city lives were constrained and controlled by technology and machines. 

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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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Streets for people: making the dream an international reality

January 19, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Children, Cycling, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

I often blog about what I would like to see happen...today I write about sharing of some of our successful programs to return street spaces to more important uses than just traffic jams for cars.

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But everyone wants a car!

December 10, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Children, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces Post a comment!

We take very seriously people's desire to own a car or motorbike...why do we pay so little attention to people's demands for affordable housing, quality education and health care, and attractive, usable public spaces? Would people value car ownership less if they realized what the ownership means in terms of other choices...?

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Learning (again) to appreciate walking

November 18, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Walking Post a comment!

Those of us who can easily walk easily take it for granted; those with far more obstacles to walking can, ironically, enjoy it far more. Just a few reflections on the topic as we work towards cities where everyone, regardless of age, sex, or physical challenges, can enjoy the simple but exquisite pleasure of a long walk.

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Planning for a child’s smile

November 10, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Children, Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

Senior Project Officer in our Vietname office, Dinh Dang Hai, describes how vehicles have utterly transformed Hanoi, and what he and his colleagues decided to do about it:

"The story of Vietnamese children learning to walk and learning to smile made us think about what we, at HealthBridge, could do to change their situation. In 2010, we decided to start in Hoian, a small and beautiful city in the middle of Vietnam, with multiple strategies for advocacy."

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