FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Smart City has become a buzzword in Indian policy-making. With the incumbent government positing the Smart Cities Mission as one of its flagship schemes for urbanization, it becomes all the more important for the bystander to scrutinize the existing situation and to understand the implications of the Smart cities Mission for the existing cities. In this piece, the author discusses the potentially disastrous consequences of over-selling the technological innovations of the smart city in the Indian scenario.
Read the whole piece here.
Published by Indian Express.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘2016 Menino Survey of Mayors’
Published by BU Initiative on Cities
Urban policy making is increasingly leaning towards more focused local governance policies. In this context, municipal governance policies and mayoral responsibilities need to be constantly evaluated, to provide a sense of understanding and paving the way for the future. This survey conducted through interviews with nearly 102 mayors in the Boston area focuses on the aspects of poverty, inclusion, ethnic diversity and immigration, city image, political relationships, federal collaboration, partisan immunity, higher elected office as re-evaluation criteria.
Read the publication here.
VIDEO/PODCAST OF THE WEEK
‘The hidden world of shadow cities: Robert Neuwirth’
Created by TED Talks
Squatter settlements or slums present the potential for a future that Robert Neuwirth sees as the ‘Shadow cities’. Moving beyond poverty, to observing the indomitable spirit of every resident of such a settlement, anywhere in the world, be it the favelas of Rio, or the famed slums of Dharavi or a shantytown in Kenya. Ruled by ideas of informality, this talk emphasizes on the issues of urban migration that inform poverty and living conditions in such contexts.