Making Cities Safer by Design: A Conversation with Jan Gehl and Ani Dasgupta

Ani Dasgupta (left), Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Jan Gehl (right), Founding Partner of Gehl Architects. This week is the third UN Global Road Safety week , and the theme is saving children’s lives on roads worldwide. TheCityFix had the chance to sit down with Jan Gehl , renowned architect and urban designer, and Ani Dasgupta , Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Their conversation explored why rapidly growing cities worldwide need to prioritize moving people over cars, and how a safer city for children is ultimately a safer city for all. A big focus of Road Safety week is saving the lives of children. Why are children important for creating safer cities? Jan: I would like to open with a story. I was recently in Hanoi, Vietnam and I met a woman Ms. Lan who had just been to Copenhagen. She asked me if we had a baby boom in Copen...

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