Citiscope

How a Low-Income San Francisco Neighborhood Is Building a Culture of Disaster Preparedness

The partnerships being formed now could save the Bayview area when an earthquake strikes.

How Helsinki Became the Most Successful Open-Data City in the World

Helsinki has always had a top-notch statistics bureau. Now, it's bringing that data online, and making it regional.

How Bangalore's New Recycling Plan Helps Its Poorest Residents

The Indian city is finding a path out of an urban trash crisis by bringing dignity to workers who once were ostracized.

Why Dakar Is Essentially Being Repaved By Hand

The government transformed a major infrastructure project into a jobs program, employing hundreds of struggling Senagalese.

Can Text Messaging Solve Karachi's Incredible Unpaid Water Bill Problem?

In a city of 20 million people, most don't pay their water bills. So the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board has begun playing the religion card.

Tokyo's Carbon Market for Office Buildings Is All 'Cap' and Not Much 'Trade'

The success of the world's first city-level carbon-trading system hasn't had much to do with emissions trading.

How Buenos Aires Unclogged Its Most Iconic Street

A bus-rapid transit success story.

Can Dhaka Get a Handle on Its Air Pollution?

Fumes from brick kilns kill almost as many people each year as the 2013 textile mill collapse. But they're finally starting to clean up their act.

Vancouver's Canada Line Is a Model of Transit-Oriented Development

The new transit line has sparked a development boom unlike anything in the region’s history.

How Vancouver's Olympic Legacy Is Shaping the Future of Transit

The Canada Line proves that public-private partnerships can work.

A City Where the Streets Now Have Names

Ghana is on a national quest to name its city streets, a move that will improve way-finding and generate tax revenue.

In the Philippines, a Model for Confronting Nearly Every Disaster

The scenery around Legazpi is dazzling, but nearly all of the most striking features can kill people by the thousands.

In Mexico, a City's Scar Becomes its Most Prized Park

A case study in urban renewal.

The Largest Free Mass Transit Experiment in the World

Last January, the Estonian capital of Tallinn stopped charging for trolley and bus rides. It's had some unexpected results.