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Recent Blog Entries: Public Spaces

Great things are happening in India

February 22, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cars, Cycling, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Walking Post a comment!

If Indian cities can succeed in reclaiming space from cars and giving it back to people...surely other cities can as well!

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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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Livable Cities Video Blog: Public Markets in Nepal

November 11, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, NCDs, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

This is part of a series of video blogs by Livable Cities Program Director Kristie Daniel.

Kristie describes recent research that mapped the locations where people can purchase fresh vegetables in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.  Results showed that there are not enough permanent markets in the city, and that mobile vendors play an…

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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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Celebrating World Carfree Day

September 24, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Children, Dhaka, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

What happens when we take a tiny bit of road space away from cars and motorbikes, and turn it over to people? An explosion of fun and joy; expansion of social networks; and a realization that this would be a really great thing to do throughout the city and throughout the year!

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Video: Step lively - Kathmandu’s walking environment

September 22, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

This is part of a series of video blogs by Livable Cities Program Director Kristie Daniel.

In this blog, Kristie describes some of the challenges in the walking environment in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.  She notes some of the work being done by a Nepali NGO to improve the situation.

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Livable Cities Video Blog: Public Spaces in Nepal

September 10, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

This is part of a series of video blogs by Livable Cities Program Director Kristie Daniel.

Kristie describes the role that public spaces played during the Nepal earthquake.  She highlights recent research that shows there are not enough open spaces in the city for people to be able to access an open space from home quickly in…

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Livable Cities Video Blog:  Parks and Open Spaces

September 3, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

This is part of a series of video blogs by Livable Cities Program Director Kristie Daniel.

Kristie describes why parks and open spaces are important and why they are under threat in developing countries.

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Livable Cities video blog: Nepal earthquake 2015

July 23, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

This is part of a series of video blogs by Livable Cities Program Director Kristie Daniel.

Kristie describes the situation in Nepal after the recent earthquake.

 

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