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Cities

CITY DESIGN, PLANNING AND POLICY INNOVATIONS: THE CASE OF HERMOSILLO

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In an increasingly urbanized world, cities have become platforms for innovation and change, particularly in developing countries. In Latin America and the Caribbean, emerging cities have taken center stage. While megacities face great challenges to distribute goods and services to large populations, intermediate cities provide a more sustainable alternative. Planning for their growth is one of the goals of the Emerging and Sustainable Cities (ESC) program at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which has supported more than 80 intermediate urban areas throughout the region.

Hermosillo is the capital of the border state of Sonora. Located 280 km south of the U.S. border, Hermosillo has historically been influenced by bigger cities located in its northern neighbor, especially by Phoenix and Tucson. With 850,000 inhabitants, Hermosillo is not only the capital, but also the largest city—in demographic terms—of the state (…)

These are excerpts from a recent post by Harvard University’s Mexican Cities Initiative on “City Design, Planning and Policy Innovations: The Case of Hermosillo,” an upcoming publication by the IDB and Harvard edited by Diane E. Davis, Felipe Vera, Diego Arcia and Andreina Seijas . Thanks to the support of more than 40 experts, the book presents a relevant collection of public policy recommendations, programs and projects with the potential of transforming the future of this emerging city.

Read the full article here.


CITIZEN CULTURE AND ROAD EDUCATION TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC IN CARACAS, VENEZUELA

In September 2008, Laura Strazzboschi and I presented our thesis project to complete our BA in Communications in Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB).


The thesis consisted on a communications strategy to improve traffic in the municipality of Chacao, Caracas by promoting citizen culture and road education.  The name of the campaign is "cumpliendo se mueve Chacao" (following the rules, Chacao gets moving).

Download the thesis and communication strategy here (in Spanish).