Levers for Improving Transportation for Women in Cities: Data, Security, and Access

Heather Allen, an international expert in gender and transport, will share her global insights into why we need to change how we plan urban transport networks, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 1-2 p.m. EST.

Women in cities around the world are faced with disproportionately more difficult transport decisions, particularly low-income women, women of color, migrant women, and single mothers compared to men. Certain cities are collecting and using data more strategically than others and developing comprehensive strategies to make gender-sensitive decisions. Her recent research in Buenos Aires, Quito, and Santiago resulted in a toolkit for cities. Based on this and her work for the World Bank led SUM4ALL initiative, she will share case studies and emerging best practices for urban practitioners to consider on how to respond to the gendered needs of urban transport with a view to creating more equitable, just, and safer cities for everyone. Follow this link to register.

Sourced from: Meeting of the Minds.

Solving Unsheltered Homelessness

On any given night, there are over half a million people experiencing homelessness in America, including 36,000 unaccompanied youth. According to the recent The State of Homelessness in America report, over one-third of all homeless people are living unsheltered on the street, in cars or in other places unfit for human habitation. While most Americans experiencing homelessness can find shelter at local emergency and transitional housing facilities, or with family and friends, the number of unsheltered individuals and families has increased for the third year in a row. This recent uptick in people living in unsheltered places has very visibly manifested itself in the growth and proliferation of homeless encampments in cities across the country. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Cities Speak 

Think Beyond Summit: Urban Universities + Thriving Communities

Urban Universities + Thriving Communities Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish.



Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish. When urban-serving universities and communities join forces, we can confront the complexities of education, healthcare, economic, and human development in order to:

  • Prepare an increasingly diverse workforce to successfully navigate careers through technological, economic, and social change.
  • Assess, treat, and prevent urban health risks for increasingly diverse populations.
  • Create sustainable solutions for continued and inclusive growth that improve the quality of life in our communities.

Join educators, industry, nonprofit, and community leaders at The Ohio State University on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST in the Ohio Union to exchange ideas and reinvigorate the collective efforts toward strengthening and sustaining vibrant, inclusive communities. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: The Ohio State University 

Crops in the Clouds: The Rise of Rooftop Farming in Space-Starved Hong Kong

At the top of a three-story building in Hong Kong, with car horns blasting on the streets below, Jim Fung teaches a dozen students how to thin out choi sum vegetables. “Always use the resources you have,” the instructor said as he placed shredded office paper into soil-filled plastic crates and wound string around bamboo sticks to make support frames. Fung was coaching the first cohort of students in an academy run by social enterprise Rooftop Republic to teach a new generation of urban farmers as demand for their skills soars. The organization is spearheading a movement to turn Hong Kong’s idle rooftops and urban spaces into farms to help residents reconnect with nature and make the finance hub more livable. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Place

Three Things Cities Could Do Immediately to Make Cities More Affordable

Cities are becoming increasingly unaffordable. Almost a million New York City renters are rent-burdened, with more than half of those renters paying more than 50% of their income in rent. Urban rents have been climbing faster than wages for decades, a trend that has only accelerated over the past 10 years. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that the populations of large, expensive cities like New York and Los Angeles are dropping for the first time in decades.In addition to the human impact, the economic cost of high rent is substantial. High rents prevent people from moving to areas of economic opportunity, limiting growth, and constraining socioeconomic mobility. Studies estimate that real GDP could be 9% higher if New York City and San Francisco alone built sufficient housing. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: New Cities 

Invitation: Discussion About School-Family-Community Engagement

Join James S. Bates, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Extension Field Specialist, Family Wellness and the team at the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center for a brainstorm discussion via Zoom on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10 a.m. to learn about your experiences related to school-family-community engagement in the communities and schools you serve. They are also interested in your feedback on an infographic toolkit they would like to develop around school-family-community engagement. For those who are not able to attend but would still like to be part of this initiative, please feel free to email Dr. James Bates at bates.402@osu.edu or Dr. Barbara Boone at boone.32@osu.edu with your thoughts. Viewing the recording may prompt additional thoughts you could share.

Below is the outline for the meeting:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Introduce Topic:
  • What is school-family-community engagement?
  • How does it help families and communities?
  • How did FCS Extension become involved?
  • Open discussion of the following:
  • Introduce the infographic material
  • What topics related to school-family engagement might be of interest to schools, families, community?
  • Delivery options for the curriculum?
  • Other community resources?
  • Close

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When it Comes to Housing Solutions, City Size Isn’t the Only Factor

When we think about the issues cities are facing, we tend to categorize challenges and solutions by city size. After all, it makes sense that a community with a population of 2,000 would require different solutions than cities the size of New York or Los Angeles. But while this approach holds some merit, the truth is that when addressing issues like housing and homelessness, size is just one piece of the puzzle. In the new report by NLC – Housing Market Conditions Across America’s Cities, they found when we put population count aside and focus on other characteristics, the housing crisis in cities like Columbia, Missouri (population: 123,180) and New York City (population: 8.623 million) begin to look similar despite differences in size and geography. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Cities Speak 

Urban October: World Cities Day

The United Nations General Assembly designated every October 31 as World Cities Day (WCD). The global observation of World Cities Day 2019 will be hosted by Ekaterinburg, in the Russian Federation. The theme is “Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations.” World Cities Day promotes sustainable, inclusive urbanization around the world and engenders international cooperation to address the challenges of urbanization. Urbanization is happening at a phenomenal rate. Half the world’s population now live in cities, and this is projected to increase to two-thirds by 2050. UN-Habitat leads the observation and promotion of World Cities Day in collaboration with partners from the United Nations system, international organizations, civil society, and business leaders. The general theme of World Cities Day is “Better City, Better Life,” and each year a different sub-theme is selected, to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization. Last year the host city for World Cities Day was Liverpool, UK and there were 50 activities in 23 countries to celebrate the day. Follow this link to learn more about World Cities Day.

Sourced from: UN-Habitat