Urbanization Archives - State of the Planet

New York City’s Dynamism is Why Our City Will Not Fail

Diversity and tolerance comprise the secret sauce that fuels New York City’s creative and economic dynamism.

by |November 7, 2022
view of the manhattan skyline across the hudson river

There Are, in Fact, Fish in the Hudson River

The river — much like post-pandemic New York City — is more resilient than people think.

by Helena Kilburn |November 2, 2022
flooding in nyc street from hurricane sandy

What City Planners Can Learn From Hurricane Sandy

Based on a decade of data from Hurricane Sandy, two New York City planners explore the inequities of disaster mitigation and recovery — and what needs to change to prevent climate gentrification.

by Thaddeus Pawlowski and Donovan Finn |October 18, 2022
New York City Gridlock

Data Dive: NYC Traffic Trends, Street Safety and Public Health

Professor Peter Muennig discusses the state of New York City’s streets, and what could be done to make them safer.

by |September 27, 2022

Scientists Are Mapping New York City Wildlife. And We Don’t Mean Rats, Squirrels or Pigeons.

Raccoons, coyotes, possums and other wild mammals are becoming more common in the country’s most densely populated city. New research aims to map their populations and habits in hopes of decreasing conflicts with humans.

by |September 12, 2022

People Power and New York City Parks

The parks may not get 1% of NYC’s $100 billion budget, but if 1% of the city’s 8.4 million people volunteered to work in their local park, those 84,000 people could clean up a lot of trash and weeds.

by |September 12, 2022
“Climate Change and Environmental Justice in Harlem" panel. Photo: Chris Dobens / WE ACT

Harlem Week Event Discusses Environmental Justice and a More Equitable Future

A century ago, the Harlem Renaissance changed the worlds of art and culture. Could Harlem one day become a leader in the transition to a green economy?

by |August 15, 2022

Congestion Pricing is Stuck in New York’s Political Traffic

The subway system requires new signals, switches, cars, and expanded routes. While congestion pricing can’t pay for all of that, it can help.

by |June 13, 2022
faye mcneill headshot

Faye McNeill Combats Air Pollution, From the Molecular to the Global Scale

The first woman to earn tenure in Columbia’s chemical engineering department, McNeill is working for cleaner air in developing countries.

by |March 8, 2022
colorful minibuses driving in street

A Road Map for Minibus Electrification

A report co-authored by the Center for Sustainable Urban Development offers recommendations for electrifying a popular mode of transportation in three African cities.

by Elise Gout |February 23, 2022