Amsterdam shows where 'digital urban planning' is headed

Amsterdam is known as a city on the digital frontier. That's a big reason why the city is hosting the Bloomberg CityLab summit next week. Among those leading the digital charge in City Hall is Bruno Ávila Eça de Matos—the world's first "digital urban planner." Ávila and the Bloomberg-funded digital innovation team he leads are proving in an Amsterdam neighborhood called Zuidoost what is possible when you use digital tools to better engage residents. Bloomberg Cities caught up with Ávila about Amsterdam’s digital transformation and the lessons it holds for the world’s cities.

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Title: Secretary of Governance
City: Maceió, Brazil

When Antonio Carvalho and his colleagues interviewed residents in one vulnerable Maceió neighborhood about their needs, one issue stood out among all the others: childcare. Now, they're working with local mothers to design and prototype an innovative solution.

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CLIMATE: A study of 2,000 cities over 19 years examines the impact of planting trees, rainwater gardens, and de-paving roads to mitigate effects of the climate crisis. (The Guardian)

STREETS: Famous for its traffic congestion, Mexico City's recent design changes are removing spaces for cars, incentivizing other transport modes, and enabling more productive land use. (Governing) 

TEST AND LEARN: Local leaders from New York City and the Texas cities of Frisco and San Antonio discuss the strategies needed to transition pilot projects into permanent programs. (Smart Cities Dive

FEDERAL FUNDS: A look at how U.S. local governments are using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to support children in areas like education and mental health. (Route Fifty


CITYLAB LIVESTREAM: Next week's Bloomberg CityLab summit in Amsterdam brings together global mayors alongside prominent city innovators, business leaders, urban experts, artists, and activists to discuss and discover replicable solutions to pressing issues. A livestream of main stage programming October 10 and 11 will be available here.

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT: The Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund is accepting applications for a new cohort of CityStart, which helps local governments develop a municipal financial empowerment blueprint based on stakeholder and community engagement. In this equity-focused iteration of CityStart, the CFE Fund will partner with Black-majority city and county partners, as well as cities and counties with significant Black populations, to address residents' financial empowerment needs, prioritizing the financial stability needs of Black residents. Applications are due here by November 18. Learn more at an informational webinar on October 13.

WHAT WORKS CITIES: What Works Cities Certification provides cities in their data journey with a standard of excellence that shows how investing in data and evidence practices can lead to better and more equitable results for residents. Cities can start this journey by taking a data Self-Assessment to benchmark their progress, get a roadmap for improvement, and join the WWC Community to receive exclusive resources, training, and a one-of-a-kind peer learning space. Email for more information.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Results for America is hiring for the following roles related to the What Works Cities Initiative: 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: The Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University is searching for a Research Administration and Finance Manager, a Project Coordinator for Mayor and City Recruitment, and a Program Coordinator for Executive Education to join the team.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: The Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University is hiring for the following roles:

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