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Vancouver launches health data dashboard to drive collective action

Vancouver has published a new open data dashboard to track progress against 23 health and wellbeing indicators. These include datasets on the number of children living below the poverty line, the number of households spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, and the proportion of adults who have a sense of community belonging. As well as the most recent data for each indicator, the dashboard includes target figures and...

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Amsterdam trials electric waste collection boats

Amsterdam is piloting electric waste collection boats to cut the number of rubbish trucks in the congested city centre and limit the damage from heavy vehicles to weakened bridges and canal walls. The six-month trial will run in parts of the Red Light District (Wallen) and the Nieuwmarkt area. Residents in these neighbourhoods will put their household waste bags out on the street as normal on Mondays and Thursdays. The boats, operated...

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New York to introduce ‘resilience test’ for city-funded capital projects

New York City Council has passed a bill that will require city-funded buildings, retrofits and infrastructure projects to meet climate resiliency design guidelines and a minimum resiliency score. The Int. 2092 bill aims to ensure that facilities such as schools, libraries, bridges and affordable housing developments are designed to withstand climate threats. The legislation will codify the Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines first...

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Pandemic is a preview of future climate change challenges, says Montréal’s Mayor

As part of a series of interviews with mayors of leading global cities and regions, The World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis) spoke with Montréal Mayor and Co-President of Metropolis, Valérie Plante, to find out how COVID-19 is affecting her city and its residents. These interviews are published in partnership with Cities Today. COVID-19 is a great example of a challenge that crosses borders and municipal...

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UK council’s beach crowd management app to be scaled nationally

A beach crowd management app developed by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council will now be offered to other UK towns and cities following new funding. The Beach Check app was launched last year to aid social distancing and support COVID-19 safety measures as people flocked to beaches in record numbers. BCP Council has been awarded an additional £40,000 (US$55,000), through the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

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Cities must adapt for the ‘COVID decade’, says new report

Society could continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19 for a decade or more, according to a new report from the British Academy, which highlights that cities have an important role to play in preventing the acceleration and expansion of inequalities. The research was requested by Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor, to better understand the long-term societal effects and impacts of COVID-19. It calls for...

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Wave of US cities to pilot guaranteed income programmes

Earlier this month as he revealed the preliminary results from the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED), former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs said that when he first announced the idea of piloting Guaranteed Income (GI) in 2017, many people “thought we were crazy, that it was a joke”. But the concept of providing direct cash payments to specific, targeted communities of people is beginning to gain traction in light of...

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Pittsburgh heads for the cloud to speed up smart city drive

The City of Pittsburgh has entered into a four-year agreement to migrate its legacy IT infrastructure to Google Cloud. The initiative aims to help the city reduce costs, move off its  “brittle” older IT systems and create a platform for smart city projects and digital services. Heidi Norman, Director of the Department of Innovation and Performance, City of Pittsburgh, told Cities Today: “City departments will have access to work...