Author: Neil Bomberg

WUF7: Final Thoughts on My Week in Medellin

This is the seventh post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia. Had my trip to the World Urban Forum been limited to a tour of the city of Medellin, the trip would have been worth it. This is truly a city on the rise. Gone is the

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WUF7: City Resiliency — Facing the Reality of Natural and Man Made Disasters

This is the sixth post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia. Throughout the week long meeting of the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia, there was clear agreement: Our climate is changing, temperatures are increasing, sea levels are rising, droughts are worsening, storms are becoming more violent, fires are

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WUF7: The Mayors Forum Part II — Individual City Solutions

This is the fifth post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia. In my previous blog, I wrote that the focus of the Mayors Forum was on inclusiveness in order to create a “city of opportunity.” However, I would be misleading you if I implied that each mayor was striving to create

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WUF 7: Day Three — The Mayors Forum: Cities on the Rise

This is the fourth post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia. Despite the economic forces that I wrote about yesterday, there seems to be an optimism pervading the Seventh World Urban Forum (WUF7) that is almost contagious.  From the opening general session, where the organizers of this

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WUF 7: Day Two — Are Economic Forces Conspiring Against Cities of Opportunity?

This is the third post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia. While thousands of urbanists have gathered here in Medellin, Colombia to discuss ways to create “cities of opportunity,” there is increasing evidence that there may be decreasing hope of creating these places unless we are willing

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WUF 7 Day One: Are ‘Cities of Opportunity’ Really Possible?

This is the second post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia. The theme of the United Nations World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia, is “Equity in Development — Cities for Life;” or what I prefer to call “Cities of Opportunity.” According to the United Nations, it

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Medellin, Colombia: A City Transformed?

This is the first post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia. In just a few days I will be in Medellin, Colombia, for World Urban Forum 7 (WUF7) which is hosted by the City of Medellin, the government of Colombia and the United Nations. “Why Medellin?” is

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Time is Running Out for Your Residents to Obtain Federally-Subsidized Health Insurance

There is less than one week left for your residents to obtain federally-subsidized health insurance through HealthCare.gov.  But as an elected official there is much you can do to help them get federally-subsidized health insurance. Please let your residents know that if they do not have employer-sponsored insurance, or have not yet purchased insurance through

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Why Are We Cutting the Nation’s Nutrition Assistance Program for the Poor and Disabled?

On November 1, tens of millions of Americans learned that the assistance they received from the federal government to purchase groceries was reduced. Maximum monthly benefits for a family of four fell from $668 to $632, and for a single person the maximum benefit fell from $200 to $189. Who is going to be effected

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