Did you know that more than half of the world’s population lives in cities? Accordingly, urban areas are at the forefront of addressing the problems that come with city life, devising innovative solutions for cleaner air, healthier people, and more. Major metropolises like Vancouver, Singapore, Hong Kong, and San Francisco have all offered creative fixes for problems they identified in their cities that the entire world can reap the benefits of. Keep reading to learn about how cities like these are handling some of the major struggles of urban life.
Trouble Getting Around
Stockholm has strived to make the city accessible by foot and bike in efforts to both make commuting easier and reduce their carbon footprint. Some streets have completely banned cars, while the entire city has adopted a “Walkable City” plan to make the interconnected districts easy to travel between.
Singapore, on the other hand, has made commutes easier by solving the problem of massive amounts of foot travel during peak hours. The city-state began an initiative in 2013 that offered free subway fares for commuters who left slightly earlier than the traditional rush hour. This relieved jam-packed roads and trains, making it easier for the entire city to get to work.
Derelict buildings can negatively impact a city in many ways. Not only does it take away from its beauty, but it can also invite crime. Berlin has committed to solving this problem by repurposing abandoned spaces. They have turned an old Nazi airport into a giant free park for the city, old power stations in nightclubs, and much more.
Sky-High Housing Rates
Paris has one of the most expensive rental and housing markets in the world, which can often displace locals. The city has rolled out a plan to prevent this, however. To do so, they have made plans to purchase 8,000 apartments in areas experiencing gentrification and earmark them for future subsidized housing. They also plan to crack down on unsavory real estate techniques.
Vancouver is also trying to make it easier for people to live in the expensive city, specifically families. The city has put policies in place to designate certain amounts of high-density housing just for families. This has already resulted in higher numbers of families in the city center.