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The idea of empowering city governments is a thrown around a lot these days in urbanite circles. But where should the line between local and higher levels of government begin and end? Alia Dharssi reports on the debate.

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While working within Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, Anne Hofhuis reports on the challenges the NGO sector faces as it tries to counter the destructive impacts of Israeli planning policies in 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.

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.

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What Indian cities can learn from Bogotá

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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Unlocking the prosperity of the UK's core cities

A range of UK government initiatives seek to rebalance the country's urban-based economic growth on major cities other than London. Zoe Green assesses the field.

Communities

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.

Environment

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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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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