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Seth Kerr describes how new policies slowly tackle Nairobi’s gridlock and make it easier for people to walk and cycle.

Tom Archer argues that eliminating homelessness by 2030, a key recommendation of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, requires committed governments and an active civil society.

Planning

The long view of London

Simon Hicks charts the transformations that have taken place in London over the past 400 years against the physical backdrop of the city and considers what the emerging skyline can tell us about London today.

Governance

Urban housing policy can win the British general election

Frances Brill explains how innovative policy that targets 18- to 24-year-olds' struggles with finding affordable housing could be the key to igniting fervour for electoral politics among this group.

Economy

The curtailing of London’s creative economy

Two years after the introduction of Permitted Development Rights, Zoe Green argues that the policy is threatening the local creative economy in UK cities by pricing out small and medium sized enterprises.

Communities

Transformative urbanism: Cairo's women-only metro carriages

Seven years after the introduction of Women-Only Metro carriages in Cairo, former resident Mae Wiskin explores what this intervention means for the city, public space and gender politics within Cairo and Egypt as a whole.

Environment

Booming Maputo paves over its past

Joseph Hammond explains how the recent population explosion and sudden urban growth of Maputo has threatened the unique architectural heritage of the Mozambican capital.

International

Planning in Baghdad: how conflict shaped the city

After spending over six years conducting research on urban planning in Iraq, Sebastian Schulz and Niran Banna explore how war and terrorism turned a once-cosmopolitan city into a divided metropolis.

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The Global Urbanist is an online magazine reviewing urban affairs and urban development issues in cities throughout the developed and developing world.

Its readers are drawn from the urban policy and international development sectors, and include urban planners, officers in local, national or international government agencies, civil society leaders, and researchers.

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