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Recent Blog Entries: Cities

A New Vision for Hanoi’s Wet Markets

January 8, 2019 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cities, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Vietnam Post a comment!

At the 9th International Public Markets Conference in Barcelona in 2015, Chau Long Market in Hanoi was listed as one of world’s most endangered markets. 

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Infrastructure improvements in six Ottawa neighbourhoods

October 30, 2018 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Accessibility, Advocacy, Cars, Cities, Cycling, Impact, Livable Cities, Public Transit, Walking Post a comment!

Since 2015, we have been working with residents in six lower-income neighbourhoods to identify improvements needed to make them better places for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders. This has involved door-to-door outreach, sharing circles, active transportation audits, the formation of resident-led working groups, dot-mocracy to prioritize the top needed improvements, and pop-up projects intended to demonstrate how the neighbourhood would improve if the needed improvement were implemented.

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Celebrating 10 Years at HealthBridge: A Q&A with Phaeba Abraham

June 27, 2018 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cities, India, Livable Cities, Nepal Post a comment!

Phaeba Abraham is HealthBridge’s South Asia Regional Manager. In 2018, Phaeba celebrated ten years with HealthBridge. Learn about Phaeba’s experience, in her own words! 

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Ads against walking need to take a hike

May 25, 2018 By Debra Efroymson Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Governments should take a harder stance against ads that discourage healthy behaviours, like walking. 

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Remove Cars, Invite Life

March 26, 2018 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Livable Cities Post a comment!

People are beginning to reclaim streets and these glimpses of lively, inclusive streets have real impact  to create support for policies such as bicycle shares and car free streets.

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Upside Down at the World Urban Forum

March 1, 2018 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Cycling, Gender, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning Post a comment!

The World Ubran Forum was an energizing event, but there was a lot that was not right. Women's voices and conversations on transport were notably missing. 

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Which is more fearsome: tigers or cars?

August 1, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Bangladesh, Cars, Cities, Dhaka, Livable Cities Post a comment!

On 29 July we celebrate International Tiger Day in Dhaka. This raises the question: how would you prefer to die, by tiger attack or by poison?

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An ode to mixed use

March 21, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Exercise, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!

Neighbourhoods that combine a mix of housing, shops, and other amenities make life easier and reduce unnecessary travel, key ingredients to a livable city!

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Moments from the 2nd Livable Cities South Asia Regional Meeting

February 28, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Bangladesh, Cars, Children, Cities, Cycling, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Nepal, Public Spaces, Socializing, Walking Post a comment!

Partners and HealthBridge staff from Bangladesh, India and Nepal gathered in Bangalore, Jan 28-Feb 1, 2017, for the 2nd Livable Cities Meet.

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Carfree streets coming to Dhaka

February 7, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Dhaka, Exercise, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

The mayor of Dhaka north is following through with his commitment to create carfree streets ...

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