Mar 10, 2014

Interesting Scoop From CityScope


Vancouver used an innovative public-private partnership to build the Canada Line light rail for the 2010 Olympics. Now, rail projects in Edmonton, Denver and Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. view Vancouver as a model.
The United Arab Emirates is offering a million dollar prize for the best design of an urban drone, the AP reports. 
Canada has joined Europe and Australia as a leader in using "P3s" for all manner of infrastructure projects. In an interview with Citiscope, PPP Canada CEO John McBride explains how it works.
A European Commission paper on the future of cities sets the stage for a Europe-wide "urban agenda."
In fast-growing cities of the developing world, naming streets is just one step in improving city services. The World Bank’s Catherine Farvacque-Vitkovic explains.

Ghana is on a national quest to name all of its city streets. It's an exercise that rapidly urbanizing cities across the developing world can learn from.
Writing in The Washington Post, political scientists Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton report that cities where citizens have control over a piece of the municipal budget invest more in education and sanitation.
Despite its slums and poverty, the quality of governance in Lagos has been improving, Seth Kaplan writes in the New York Times.
Outside of London, not many cities in the UK have opted to have an elected mayor with executive powers. Local government expert Robin Hambleton says they’re missing out.

In an interview with Citiscope, Bristol's first elected mayor discusses the ideas that will shape the future of his city.

Nine English cities said no to having an elected mayor. Bristol voters said yes. The man they picked for the job wants Bristol to be a model medium-sized city for Britain and all the world.