Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe: Challenges and options across transport modes and stakeholders
This report from the European Environment Agency explores current climate change adaptation practices concerning transport across European countries.
The transport sector is still generating excessive greenhouse gas emissions and harmful levels of air pollution and noise, according to the latest edition of the European Environment Agency’s annual report on environment and transport.
Special Eurobarometer reports are based on in-depth thematical studies carried out for various services of the European Commission or other EU Institutions and integrated in Standard Eurobarometer’s polling waves. This survey was commissioned to gather information from European citizens, understand their habits, hear their opinions and analyse their perceptions of transport related matters.
A widely felt dissatisfaction with and anger about gentrification exists among Berlin’s residents. Furious debates about the touristification of residential neighbourhoods and massive protests against rent increases are just some of the ways by which this is expressed. This blog argues that outside the Anglo-American context, there are few cities where gentrification is as contested as it is in Berlin. Conversely, gentrification arguably forms a key component of Berlin’s urban growth strategies inspired by the so-called promises of the creative city and city marketing strategies aiming to promote the city’s image as hip, creative, and ‘poor but sexy’.
The November/December 2014 issue of the journal, Regions & Cities of Europe, published by the Committee of the Regions, examines the decentralization of power to the regions.
Eurocities has issued a new series of six good practice case studies shows how cities are adapting to the challenges of growth and socio-demographic change. The series demonstrates how cities are achieving sustainable development by focusing on inward development with densification, energy efficiency and socially-balanced solutions. The examples featured come from the cities of Dresden, Munich, Stockholm, Utrecht, Vienna and Zurich. Each example offers guidance and inspiration for other cities to improve dialogue and participation into planning and development.
Destination Europe 2015 provides comprehensive coverage of 250 international retailers’ presence and expansion in 57 European cities. The report provides detailed analysis of the characteristics of European cities that are driving location strategies, and retail real estate data highlighting the relative attractiveness of each city for cross-border retailers.
Cities have undergone many changes since the 1950s, not least the expansion of urban areas to the detriment of the historic central areas, some of which have been left to decay. In Portugal the most visible results of this phenomenon are found in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto. To address this problem, the Portuguese Government conceived the first legal instrument for urban regeneration in 2004 which allows the local administrations to form publicly owned companies, urban regeneration companies (SRUs), to actively endorse urban regeneration in historic city centres. This paper, which appears in the journal Planning Practice & Research (Vol.29 Issue 5, October 2014), discusses the activities of the Porto Vivo SRU, one of these companies created in Porto, in the context of the Portuguese milieu of urban regeneration and evaluates Porto Vivo’s operation.
A special report for World Travel Market from PhoCusWright outlining the key trends that should be on your radar when planning strategy for the coming year.
The current issue of this magazine, aptly named Divercities, aims at identifying how European cities are meeting the interlinked challenges of diversity and competitiveness. In the following pages, the word will be given to a series of scholars, practitioners and policy makers, all active in different forms at the local level. Their contributions will, on the one hand, analyse the reasons of the “urban factor”, i.e. the connection between diversity, closeness and innovation so typical of urban environments; and on the other, present some innovative approach and practices of diversity management in cities, which have proven particularly successful in favouring local development.