Central and South America

September 2, 2011, 9am PDT
With high scores in five broad categories, Melbourne, Australia received the highest spot in livability rankings from The Economist's research unit.
TheCityFix.com
August 20, 2011, 7am PDT
A recent art project in Peru utilizes a robotic vehicle to trace a scale outline of a city into the empty desert, raising questions about urbanization in deserts and the formation of cities.
We Make Money Not Art
August 19, 2011, 1pm PDT
Completed in 1914, the project was the most ambitious undertaking by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in its time. Today, the $5.25 billion upgrade is in the works.
The New York Times
August 15, 2011, 5am PDT
Futile efforts to deal with rampant urbanization could fetter the region's robust economy and squander its potential to become a global economic powerhouse, according to the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).
The Economist
August 1, 2011, 8am PDT
Extortion by street gangs has been a way of life for bus drivers in Medellin for years. But recent refusals to pay -- and subsequent murders of drivers -- has led to a massive bus strike.
The City Fix
July 26, 2011, 9am PDT
A comic book is helping municipal employees in Brazil to understand how to catalog land for the collection of property taxes.
At Lincoln House
July 16, 2011, 1pm PDT
Bogota, Columbia's TransMilenio bus rapid transit system has been widely praised and imitated around the world. However, many consider the successful bus system to be suffering from its own success.
www.TheCityFix.com
July 13, 2011, 9am PDT
The cities hosting the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have been awarded an infusion of $6 billion from the Inter-American Development Bank to fund urban mobility and other efforts ahead of the event.
The City Fix
July 5, 2011, 1pm PDT
Whether in Cupertino, Calif. or Curitiba, Brazil, cities are starting an aggressive move toward sustainability in the Americas. In this evolution, technology, citizen involvement and innovation will play a role transforming cities, Leon Kaye writes.
Guardian
July 1, 2011, 7am PDT
As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, officials are pushing a new law that would limit the powers of the international bodies behind the two major sporting events.
The New York Times
June 30, 2011, 6am PDT
Sao Paulo, Brazil has awarded a contract to build a new monorail system connecting the airport to the city's transit system.
Smart Planet
June 22, 2011, 10am PDT
The La Independencia neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia sprawls up a hillside, leaving the inhabitants to walk up to 10 flights of stairs every day. An ambitious development program is considering building an outdoor network of escalators.
TheCityFix.com
Feature
June 20, 2011, 10am PDT

Informal settlements - unregulated, makeshift housing - create substantial safety and health risks in Latin American countries.

Gregory K. Ingram
June 14, 2011, 9am PDT
At a recent conference on world cities, attendees from all over the world shared the impression that their cities do not receive enough respect from their national governments.
Grist
June 3, 2011, 9am PDT
Two architects submit a plan to Mexico City planners that includes bringing the Río Piedad back to life and revitalizing the city with green public spaces along its waters.
The New York Times
June 3, 2011, 8am PDT
Mauricio Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires, inaugurated Argentina's first bus rapid transit system today, marking its first day of operation.
TheCityFix.com
June 1, 2011, 10am PDT
Informal settlements like slums and favelas have been perplexing governments in Latin America for decades. A new report looks at two of the ways governments are addressing these areas, and the challenges that remain.
Citiwire
May 21, 2011, 7am PDT
Preparations for the World Cup and Olympics are displacing hundreds of families in Rio de Janeiro. One neighborhood next to a major stadium has been turned into a ghost town.
Guardian
May 13, 2011, 9am PDT
A plan approved to build a $7 billion dam in Chile has some worried about the loss of land, but others excited about looming economic opportunities.
The Washington Post
May 12, 2011, 1pm PDT
This op-ed from <em>Al Jazeera</em> looks at some of the negative ways preparations for the World Cup and Olympics are affecting the poor in Brazil.
Al Jazeera