Cities and Urbanization

These 5 cities are showing the world how to thrive in uncertain times

COVID-19 has made many cities rethink how they organize themselves. Image: Unsplash/Anthony DELANOIX

Salome Gongadze

Evaluation, Learning, and Engagement Specialist, WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities

Anne Maassen

Urban Innovation & Finance Associate, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

Liuda Serohina

Prize for Cities Intern, WRI Ross Center


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93% of Barranquilla’s households can access green public space in less than an 8-minute walk. Image: City of Barranquilla

The project was community-driven through all its project stages including planning, housing design, procurement, construction management and overarching project development. Image: Homeless People’s Federation Philippines, Inc in Iloilo City

The initiative created income opportunities for 700,000 urban poor, informal and migrant laborers across all of Odisha’s 114 cities. Image: The Housing & Urban Development Department of Government of Odisha.
Low-carbon public works projects included storm water drainage improvements, rainwater harvesting and the creation of community centers. Image: The Housing & Urban Development Department of Government of Odisha

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The 15-minute city concept brings all necessary amenities within a short distance from people’s homes and prioritizes walking and biking. Image: City of Paris

Zu Peshawar (Let’s Go Peshawar) in Pakistan is providing a safe mobility solution for vulnerable groups including women and transgendered, connecting them to life-changing opportunities. Image: TransPeshawar

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