Global Cities, Religion, and Security

Kristin Ljungkvist and I co-authored a piece on Global Cities, Religion, and Security for this Cardus Social Cities report on “Religion and the Good of the City” (pages 18-28). From the introduction by Milton Friesen: “Noah Toly and Kristin Ljungkvist remind us that religious life in global cities is dynamic, persistent, and significantly involved in issues …

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The New Urban Agenda and the Limits of Cities

In the autumn of 2016, close to 40,000 people, including official delegates from almost every nation, converged upon Quito, Ecuador, for Habitat III, the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. The second-highest capital city in the world, Quito rises 9,350 feet above sea level and boasts a historic urban center crowned …

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A packed room for our Side Event on city diplomacy and transnational urban networks. Participants included representatives of the sponsor organizations (Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Center for Urban Engagement at Wheaton College, University College London City Leadership Laboratory) city networks (C40, CityNet, UCLG), and the US Department of State.

In the future, cities may finally solve problems that have stumped the world’s biggest nations

From the conclusion: “we may not yet know how cities will influence global power dynamics, but it’s unlikely they’ll simply to prop up a world order fraught with environmental and political instabilities. Cities have two options: On the one hand, they may be able to channel economic output in a way that resolves those instabilities and …

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Who’s Reprogramming Your City? | Comment Magazine

Truly evaluating smart-city technologies is harder than it first appears. To analyze their ends is to fight an uphill battle against the utopian strain of the smart-cities movement. The very idea that advances in measurement devices and analytical methods, as long as they are accessible to everyone, can deliver on utopian promises implies that our …

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Jihad vs Global Cities | Chicago Council on Global Affairs

“Tuesday’s violence in Brussels – all too familiar to those in Paris, Jakarta, and other places that have recently felt the sting of jihadist attacks by ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates and splinter groups – is prompting serious and important thinking about the security of global cities.But global cities are not just targets – …

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Cities Play Key Role in Climate Action

“We need to think differently — more broadly — about the role of cities in a world where the nation-state may now be flexing its muscle on key issues that have been neglected for years. Climate change is just a start. Those of us who work on cities issues should encourage our leaders to take …

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UN Should Appoint a Mayor to Head Its Climate Change Secretariat | Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Many have been writing about the climate-governance impacts of the eventual replacement for Atonin Scalia, not to mention the impacts of the presidential election, itself. In all the election and SCOTUS-related hoopla, most missed Christiana Figueres’ announcement that she would be stepping down as head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat. That transition will have …

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Five books (and a bonus!) for presidential candidates reading up on American urbanism

Reading up on American urbanism may not be on candidates’ to-do lists, but if it were… Here are five books I’d recommend, especially given the role that race, policing, and criminal justice have played in public discourse over the past four years.The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race & Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Thomas …

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URBAN DRAMA: TALKING ABOUT CITIES WITH NOAH TOLY AND MILTON FRIESEN, PART I Shining a light in the shadowed backstage of global cities.

From my Comment conversation with Milton Friesen and Brian Dijkema at Cardus. This is Part 1 of 2.“What is interesting about that metaphor is it’s drawn from theatre, and not many people see its depth at first. They think this means Chicago has its fancy parts and its less fancy areas. But in theatre there are …

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