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  • Sujit Patwardhan
    24 June 2006 Dear Todd, Thank you for sending some inspiring stuff. And please do continue sending more. -- Sujit ... -- ... Sujit Patwardhan sujit@vsnl.com
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      24 June 2006


      Dear Todd,
      Thank you for sending some inspiring stuff. And please do continue sending
      more. --
      Sujit



      On 6/24/06, Todd Edelman <edelman@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi again, like the previous posts these are about style (how the Urban
      > Forum did or didnt go about things the right way) AND content... which is
      > they are going to all three of these lists... I dont think I will make any
      > more postings on this...
      >
      > - T
      >
      > ---
      >
      > Viewpoints: The urban world in 2050
      >
      > Intro: The world is fast approaching the point where the majority of the
      > human population will be found in urban areas.
      >
      > The projection is that in 50 years' time, two-thirds of humanity will live
      > in cities. Six experts outline their vision of the urban world in 2050.
      >
      > Excerpt:
      > "The more we rely on advanced technologies, the more cities seem to grow"
      > -
      > Stephen Graham, human geographer and author of The Cybercities Reader
      >
      > Full story:
      > http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/5094602.stm
      >
      > ***
      >
      > Ideas struggle amid urban chatter
      >
      > Intro: During the closing speeches at the third World Urban Forum in
      > Vancouver, one leading UN figure noted that critics would leave and
      > announce that "nothing will be achieved" as a result of the forum.
      >
      > "They are wrong," he added with defiance.
      >
      > Excerpts:
      >
      > ...And, even better, they were ideas that really could make a difference.
      >
      > For example, there was the Swedish town that virtually powers itself,
      > including its cars, on the biogas waste from the local slaughterhouse.
      >
      > AND...
      >
      > ... Meanwhile, from a completely different part of the world, the mayor of
      > the Colombian capital, Bogota, told of just exactly what could be done
      > with the real will to meet some of challenges of making cities
      > sustainable.
      >
      > Faced with calls to upgrade and expand the city's road network, he argued
      > such a move was unwarranted, as car usage is relatively low - only around
      > 12% of the capital's people regularly drive.
      >
      > Instead, funds were put into a "car free city" and as a result, Bogota now
      > has more cycle paths - 300km of them - than almost any other city in the
      > world.
      >
      > Full story:
      > http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5112210.stm
      >
      > ------------------------------------------------------
      >
      > Todd Edelman
      > Director
      > Green Idea Factory
      >
      > ++420 605 915 970
      >
      > edelman@...
      > http://www.worldcarfree.net/onthetrain
      >
      > Green Idea Factory,
      > a member of World "Car free" Network
      >
      >
      >
      > ================================================================
      > SUSTRAN-DISCUSS is a forum devoted to discussion of people-centred,
      > equitable and sustainable transport with a focus on developing countries
      > (the 'Global South'). Because of the history of the list, the main focus is
      > on urban transport policy in Asia.
      >



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