Thursday, 15 January 2015

Resilience Resolutions for 2015

A picture of the new Mark II
The new Mark II (Wikipedia)

Bike signage, Copenhagen

Many cities have started to push their commitment to transportation alternatives on a large and growing scale. Cities that address transit challenges creatively realize a host of benefits as fewer people use automobiles, whether they pursue an explicitly green priority like bicycle use, as Copenhagen did, or other options like mass transit.

4. Think about data seriously, and integrate it into planning at a fundamental level

Cities are already collecting massive amounts of data about the systems they control. More of them need to innovate how they’re going to use what they already have, before they begin investing in collecting more of it. For example, New Orleans is working with data experts to identify more efficient policing patterns, install street lights where they are most needed, and direct their investing in a smarter fashion. Resolve to put data to use for your city.

5. Rethink space allocation and innovate to address old and emerging challenges

Geman Military Cemetery, Eric Huybrechts, Flickr

Cities are crowded, and becoming more so. Whether it’s figuring out how to allocate space to foster urban farming or attempting a new approach to old practices like burial in a cemetery, cities have to change the way they think about using and allocating physical space.

What resolutions do you think your city should take to make it a better, more resilient place to live?

David Schreiner brings years of experience in digital media, editing, and communications in international relations and economic development to 100RC's digital communications team.

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