FPRI Roundup | 5 Papers to Bring to Habitat III

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October 17, 2016

Bi-weekly the Fels Policy Research Initiative directs public leaders and policymakers toward Penn's scholarly research that seeks to improve their best practice. We are happy to team with FPRI to bring you the latest in policy research.

This week, leaders from around the world, NGOs, academics and activists will descend on Quito, Ecuador, to exchange ideas about urban development at the World Habitat III conference.

Understanding Our Cities, Understanding Our World
PennIUR has compiled a packet of multi-disciplinary research projects and publications from across University of Pennsylvania related to Habitat III's New Urban Agenda.

Optimal Density
Have you ever wondered what is the optimal density for delivering municipal services? This paper, which looks at cities in Central and South America, says the best density is about 9,000 people per square kilometer. 

The City as a Commons
As cities consider increasing privatization of public services, this paper looks in the other direction, at a potential urban commons framework for providing governance and management of a city's common goods and spaces.

The Rationed City
Penn Sociology professor Daniel Aldana Cohen looks at water rationing in Sao Paulo, and how housing and environmental activists collaborated to deal with a water crisis. 

Does Bus Rapid Transit Result in More Development? 
The authors of this paper look at bus rapid transit in Quito and Bogota over a decade. Did the new transit system bring more development? The answer, perhaps frustratingly, is that it depends on the context. 

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