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Alia Dharssi caught up with sociologist Saskia Sassen at the London School of Economic’s Urban Age Conference in New Delhi on November 15th. She talks about the governance challenges facing the world’s cities today and the ways in which average people can voice their concerns in the face of big money.

Enrique Peñalosa, mayor of Bogotá from 1998 to 2001, is credited with bringing major changes to the Colombian capital, including the library system, parks, BRT and improving hundreds of poor schools.

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Colombo's growth pains

Five years out from the civil war, Marco Picardi recalls his tour of the capital, where billboards paper over an all-too-common logic of modernisation, eviction, and lack of compensation.

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Death of a Suburban Dream, Compton CA

Emily E Straus takes on three critical issues which have shaped the Los Angeles suburb: the history of race and educational equity, the relationship between schools and place, and the intersection of schooling and municipal economies.

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Boston and the healing of an urban wound

Unlike a wound to the body, the marks left behind a wound to a city may be of the city's own designs, in the form of a memorial. A memorial which Sam Valentine argues is now needed to restore dignity to the act of remembrance.

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In favour of direct aid for cities

Despite growing numbers of international development organisations focused at the municipal level, donors are still reluctant to provide ODA directly to local governments.

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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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