The cities this week



Cindy Frewen Wuellner believes that Kansas City should become the 51st state, due to the city-incentive wars because of the border. “I’m proposing the one alternative that will bring us together, put our fate back in our own hands and give us a unified voice: One Kansas City, the 51st state.”


Rio de Janeiro’s street explosions are adding pressure to the city ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. “Since 2010, manhole explosions here have shattered windows, flattened cars and injured passers-by.”


The return of traditional transport – trams, from which Azerbaijani authorities refused in the beginning of the last decade in an attempt to solve the traffic jam problem, is planned in Baku.


Dubai’s rail network is set for a massive expansion with the Red and Green lines extended, new lines added and with connections to the proposed Etihad Rail network across the Gulf countries. Land has been procured for widening the existing network and new rail routes and infrastructure are expected to be completed by 2030 in three phases. They will cover an area of 421km with 197 stations.


One of the worst informal settlement fires in the history of Cape Town, South Africa, took place on New Year’s Day in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha, laying bare the complexities undermining efforts to end these frequent disasters. The high density of these urban areas, and the flammability of the materials used to build in them, make spontaneous and rapidly spreading conflagrations a constant threat.