Urban Matters

Tourism and Urban Planning, Challenges and Issues 

The city and the tourist movement have both historical and dynamic relationships. If we observe a movement of attraction-withdrawal-rediscovery of the city (Cazes, 2005), we see that the latter plays a structuring role in the process of inventing the tourist phenomenon, being “both a place of impulse of travel taste, but also the point of …

October 31, 2019

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In The Context of International Book Day, Konbit Cité Soleil’s Library

This annual event, celebrated every 23rd of April, is the initiative of the cultural branch of the United Nations, namely UNESCO. It was born during the general conference held in Paris in 1995, in order to pay a worldwide tribute to books and their authors. In addition, it aims to encourage access to books for …

April 23, 2019

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Stronger Citizens, Stronger Cities: Shared Responsibilities

A great place is something that everybody can create. If vibrancy is people, then the only way to make a city vibrant is to make room for more of them. By positioning public spaces at the heart of action-oriented community dialog, we need to make room for both physically and philosophically by re-framing citizenship as …

April 18, 2019

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Tourism Planning: Cap-Haitien as a Catalyst for Decentralization

This article is an attempt to explain how to decentralize Haiti by creating new urban typologies through the use of tourism Planning. Despite significant efforts since Haiti’s earthquake in 2010, the country continues to struggle with bringing tourism back to the island. Haiti has numerous coastal cities with exceptional potential to become an

April 1, 2019

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Fostering Streets as Places

“If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.” –Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces What are the critical ingredients for creating streets that function as quality public places that draw people in? Here are eight principles for fostering …

March 28, 2019

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Seven Ways to Help Improve Your City

A city is a massive human settlement, usually with extensive systems of housing, transport, sanitation, utilities, land use, and communication. Several elements make up a city. Misuse or bad management of these can happen to destroy a city. However, the excellent use of these elements may improve it. A city must be both well kept …

March 22, 2019

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How Urban Planning Can Help Us Cope With Climate Change

Cities are hotter than surrounding areas because of a climate phenomena that is known as the urban heat island (UHI). While scientists have studied this effect for decades, new information has recently come to light that points to the way we arrange our cities as a key contributor to raised temperatures. The results could help …

March 7, 2019

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Two Young Entrepreneurs are Transforming Slums into Tourist Attractions in Haiti

Transforming slum into Tourist attractions and Entrepreneurship Hub, the vision of two young entrepreneurs in Haiti, who are using their expertise in urban development to create a significant impact in the tourism sector. Urban development and management are crucial for developing countries like Haiti, gradually many are leaving the countryside to migrate

March 4, 2019

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What makes a successful place?

Great public spaces are those places where celebrations are held, social and economic exchanges occur, friends run into each other, and cultures mix. They are the “front porches” of our public institutions – libraries, field houses, schools – where we interact with each other and government. When theses spaces work well, they serve as the …

February 28, 2019

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The Impact of Global Warming on the Tourism Sector in Haiti

If you’re wondering whether we’re making progress on climate change, it depends on who you ask. During the eighties, Haiti was one of the fastest growing regions of tourism in the world. In those days, the international community often referred to Haiti as la perle des Antilles (the pearl of the Antilles). Unfortunately, tourism activities …

February 28, 2019

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