14 Aug Can the New Urban Agenda Spark the Local Action Needed?
This article was originally published in Citiscope.
By Gil Penalosa and Amanda O’Rourke.
We are currently in the midst of an unprecedented population increase in our cities. The urban population is likely to roughly double in the next 35 years from 3.5 billion to 7 billion people.
During that period, the vast majority of the population will be living in cities and towns. Indeed, the world is already more urban than rural, with 55 percent of the total population living in urban areas, and that pattern is likely only to strengthen.
Amidst the challenges of population growth and shifting demographics, cities around the world are also grappling with climate change, rising obesity, traffic congestion and sluggish economies.