Innovation News December 10, 2015



CITIES WHERE PEOPLE WALK THE MOST
An analysis by Governing magazine identifies U.S. cities with the greatest improvements in walkability and walking as a mode of travel.  Learn more about those cities where people walk the most.  

DEVELOPMENTS IN GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE   
Forward looking government finance professionals are ushering in the next generation of outcomes-focused financial systems.  These developments have the potential to transform the way government operations are financed and valued.  

MEDELLIN’S HIGH-TECH ROAD MONITORING SYSTEM
The Municipality of Medellin, Columbia, has invested millions of dollars in a high-tech road monitoring system that has significantly altered the city’s traffic dynamics.  The Medellin Intelligent Mobility System has been under continuous development and has led to major reduction in road deaths, accident response times and congestion.

DIGITALIZATION OF GERMAN CITIES
Digitalization has become a competitive advantage for cities competing to attract business investment that requires good digital infrastructure broadband availability.  A PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study assesses the economic impacts of the digitalization of German cities.

DESIGNING AGING CITIES
Populations in cities around the globe are growing older, requiring cities and communities to adapt and manage necessary changes in services.  Learn more about the experience of ten European cities in responding to the needs of aging populations.

REPLACING URBAN FREEWAYS
San Francisco is the acknowledged example of how urban freeways can be removed successfully.  Learn more about the city’s experience in developing alternatives to urban freeways.  

IMPORTANT DATA TRENDS
How will Big Data affect organizations 2016?  Consider seven key trends that will impact the global Big Data domain.   

UNDERGROUND GREEN SPACE
The Lowline Lab, a garden in an old indoor market in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is a model for how a park, “the Lowline,” might be developed in a space below Delancey Street.  The Lab is being used to test the growth of plants in a sunless underground space, with no seasons.

HOW PARIS IS FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE
The City of Paris sustainability initiatives date back to the 1997 Kyoto Climate Conference and resulting Kyoto Protocol. The city’s current goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 70 per cent by 2050, through the implementation of a comprehensive sustainability strategy.           
 
EMBRACING THE INTERNET OF THINGS        
As governments around the world work to manage new global challenges and increasing demands for services with constrained budgets, they are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) to reengineer processes.  Learn more about the examples of three cities in achieving greater efficiency.   

SAN FRANCISO PLANS FOR RESILIENCE
San  Francisco’s Chief Resilience Officer reports directly to the Mayor to enable emergency and recovery planning to be both broadly based and strategic.  Learn more about the city’s resiliency focus on earthquakes, housing and sea-level preparedness.

CROWD-SOURCED URBAN FINANCING
In the U.S., crowd-sourced real estate financing has become a $200 million business with more growth potential.  Some 100 websites operate to enable investors to place money in building projects in specific neighbourhoods.  A Pittsburgh-based startup, Small Change, is focused on infill development to revitalize urban neighbourhoods.        

THE SUSTAINABILITY OF SUBURBS
Hamilton County, Indiana has a rapidly expanding population with ample room for new development; however, when suburbs mature and growth stops, service costs can escalate rapidly.  The County is now focused on “doing the math” to make new development sustainable for the longer term and developers pay infrastructure costs up front.

MONTRÉAL BOROUGH DRAFTS INNOVATIVE HEALTH BY-LAW
The CDN NDG Borough Council has tabled a by-law that contains a range of measures that take into account new practices and considerations in the fields of health and land use planning to focus on the determinants of public health.    

HELSINKI “HOMES THAT FIT” PLAN
The City of Helsinki has developed the “Homes That Fit Plan” that addresses youth homelessness and encourages inter-generational mixing.   Younger people obtain affordable housing and elderly residents can socialize with seniors.

2015 REPORT CARD ON CANADIAN CITY BUDGETS
A new C.D. Howe Institute report provides report cards for 24 major Canadian cities on the quality of their budgets and supporting processes.  Learn more about the top performing cities and those that need improvement.

KEY REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS RESHAPE PITTSBURGH
The City of Pittsburgh is undergoing a series of massive developments, including the overhaul of entire neighbourhoods, new complete streets and brownfield redevelopment.  Learn more about some of the key renewal projects.    

THE VALUE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR POLICING
New Haven, Connecticut area municipal police services are reaching out to the public through social media to share information on criminal activity.  This initiative leads to valuable tips from the public that can help in the apprehension of offenders and in their prosecution.

MANAGING PUBLIC ASSETS    
The UK Centre for Cities has released a report that explores how various cities are using asset management to support local growth and financial sustainability.  The report highlights approaches that maximize and make more productive use of assets.    

USING WALKABILITY MODELS
Transport for London’s Health Action Plan stresses the important of walking in maintaining public health.  The London Walkability Model (LWM) is a sophisticated analytical tool to model environments conducive to pedestrian activity across the city.  Learn more about the components and operation of the LWM.

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