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Recent Blog Entries: Urban Planning

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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Getting health onto the global urban agenda

July 14, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cities, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, NCDs, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

It will come as no great surprise that city living presents enormous challenges for encouraging healthy behaviours. Foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt and low in nutrients are seemingly available on every street corner.

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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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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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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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Odd-even or something sensible?

February 5, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cycling, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

It’s great to see cities like Delhi and Dhaka try to reduce the use of cars...but it would be far better if they chose solutions that have been proven effective elsewhere.

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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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The biggest obstacle to carfree cities isn’t impracticality

October 29, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cycling, Happiness, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

It may be hard to imagine a carfree city and even harder to believe that one would be possible. But the first step towards creating change is to believe in it! I invite you to open your mind to the possibility of a vastly better life...and then start working to achieve it.

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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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