Mark Bergen

Selling Solar Power in India's Slums

The country is fast outgrowing its electric grid. Are small-scale solar projects the solution?

Why It's Nearly Impossible to Make GPS Work for India

A "classic example of copy-pasting a first world solution in an emerging economy."

Why India Keeps Its Cities So Short

Despite an urban development explosion, the country hasn't developed a taste for skyscrapers and tall building.

Urban Planning's Role in Making India Safer for Women

A month after a gruesome gang rape, New Delhi takes aim at the lowest-hanging fruit: Improving public spaces.

Mumbai's Walkability Problem: Plenty of Pedestrians, Not Enough Sidewalks

Though the city sees 15 million walking trips a day, the infrastructure is abysmal. But some developers are trying to change that.

India's Optimist

Urban India is not known for its orderliness. But Bish Sanyal says there's reason to be hopeful.

Why India's Big City Shopping Malls Are Dying Out

The recession, coupled with obscenely high rents, are forcing superstores out of business.

Can India's 'City of Architects' Green the Building Industry?

The country's national construction is on pace to heighten emissions by nearly 400 percent in less than 40 years. But these designers are trying to change that.

Bangalore Street Art Aimed at Curbing the Men Who Pee There

The 'Pee Project' is part of a tide of new public art that takes the city as its canvas and its inspiration.

A Wild Ride Down India's First Bike Lane

In Bangalore, the infrastructure is there. Teaching cyclists (and drivers) how to use it is another matter entirely.

The Developing World's Most Innovative City for Trash Management Is ... Bangalore?

The Indian city is setting itself up as a model for how struggling cities can better handle waste disposal.

No One Knows How Much Money India's Cities Are Spending

Municipalities in India don’t release a budget. And that's a problem, because they can't get the investments they desperately need.

India's Cities Risk Repeating America's Congestion Mistakes

Proposed expansions of dozens of major arteries in Bangalore are threatening the Indian city's way of life.

India's Trickiest Urban Planning Obstacle? Gandhi's Legacy

The stated preference of India's greatest citizen for village life may be holding his country back.

As Chicago Approves its Infrastructure Bank, Cities Across the Country Watch and Wait

The first-of-its-kind measure will allow the city to accept billions in private financing for infrastructure projects.

Can the Feds Save the Housing Market?

An ambitious new program would transform foreclosed homes into rentals. But will it help the cities that need it most?