Your monthly roundup of news, tools, and events from the world of 8 80 Cities.

From Our Blog:
8 Questions with 8 80 Cities: An Interview with Camille Llanes-Fontanilla

The fourth of a series of interviews on our blog explores the work of San Jose’s SOMOS Mayfair and the value of bridging community organizing and service delivery.

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Edinburgh: The First City in the UK to Join the Open Streets Movement

Following in the footsteps of Paris and New York, Edinburgh joined the open streets movement closing historic roads such as the Royal Mile, Victoria Street, part of the Grassmarket, New Street and Cockburn Street on Sunday, May 5th. Families and residents enjoyed a variety of events and activities. The program will take place on the first Sunday of every month as part of an 18-month trial.
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Dementia Friendly Cities

The urgency to care for ageing populations is something not to forget about. Sue Sveum outlines the needs of a gaining population and the movement for dementia-friendly cities.

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Children Have Lost Their Freedom to Roam 
The percentage of children walking and bicycling to school has increasingly reduced in the last years. Even though distances to school are not that big, families still drive their kids. In this video, Streetfilms showcases that stark contrast in the freedom of mobility of children over time.

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We have received close to 150 innovative and meaningful public space, mobility and civic engagement initiatives for the Emerging City Champions Fellowship Program 2019/2020. The applications are a true testament of the eagerness to make cities great for all and will undergo a rigorous review. We'll announce the winner Champions in early June. Stay tuned.

Visit the ECC website for more information...

Making Our Rapidly Growing Cities More Sustainable

In this recent interview with Mark Wessel, 8 80 Cities Founder and Chair, Gil Penalosa, discusses the urgency of large cities to back-track from traditional car-centric designs ahead of his recent participation at Europe's largest event for sustainable cities, Urban Future conference in Oslo.

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What It Takes for These City Parents to Live Car-Free

How do you navigate a city with kids and no car? There are lots of ways of doing it, it could be easy, or pretty challenging.

CityLab surveyed people from different cities in the world to understand the challenges and advantages of the decision of becoming "car-light" families.

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Three Reflections from Saskatoon’s Bike Culture

We conducted the engagement for the development of Saskatoon’s Active Transportation campaign that is expected to launch this summer. Three key take-a-ways stood out to us.

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Join us at Heart of the City Conference in Montreal, June 12 -14. We are very excited that our Executive Director, Amanda O'Rourke, will be part of a dynamic session -Parks for All- along with the Toronto Skateboarding Committee and the Rick Hansen Foundation. The session will be about the value of engaging conflicting interests, accessibility, balancing park uses, and designing and programming parks for all ages. 

Heart of the City is hosted by Park People and will gather a unique cross-section of city park enthusiasts from across Canada, including community and non-profit group leaders, government staff, funders and park professionals.

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