May 18th, 2012
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Dhaka (CNN) – Dhaka’s story is one of chaos, congestion and calamity. This city is choked with people, traffic and pollution. At the centre is what has been described as a traffic clot: The jaanjot. A sticky quagmire of rickshaws, cars and vans, it’s the source of much frustration for Dhaka’s 13 million residents.

This megacity has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the world: In all its many streets and roads, only 67 junctions have traffic signals.

Like any city, Dhaka has its dreams, and its vision for the future. The Strategic Transport Plan is a mammoth document which promises a lot of things in the next 20 years, including a new metro system, and a rapid bus transit system. Yet with the dubious accolade of being the "rickshaw capital of the world," and 400,000 of these vehicles on the streets, it’s hard to see how the busy roads will give way to a calmer reality. A pilot project to create rickshaw-free zones for Dhaka’s pedestrians has been implemented, with some opposition.

The UN predicts that by 2025 Dhaka will be larger than Beijing, Shanghai, and Mexico City, with a population pushing 25 million. Finding space for these people to move around their already crammed city will be a major challenge.

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  1. Anonymous

    To ALL those out there feeling completely homeless and disenfranchised and asking, WHY?
    Soon the mask will come off and reveal their true FACE!
    THERE IS HOPE so just hang on a little longer and BELIEVE...I PROMISE!!!

    May 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Jamie Oliver's FOOD REVOLUTION has CRACKED THE CODE on matching education, food access and community!

    Can you imagine a world where each community can have their own central co-op organic farm from ALL the abandoned building sites and the local kids, schools, seniors convert them to flower gardens, organic farming, organic egg raising, etc. and have KIDS use them for their learning? KIDS have more to contribute than you give them credit...but THEY have to feel a sense of CONTROL over their own LIVES and WHAT, HOW they eat !
    YOU ROCK Jamie!

    May 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  3. required reading

    Perhaps Rome was not built in a day...or a year or so... Perhaps pumping into an economy many digital zeros creates growth (ie a positive number on one economic scale?), but perhaps not. I am sure that the G8 leaders know more about that. But even they cannot make a minute go by faster...or a year...or 5 years, and neither can their economic indicators. And the people of Greece (and Spain or Italy or the US, or even Britain) can only work a day at a time. The ship won't turn around faster just because another G8 conference is coming (or a few national elections).

    On a completely different note, here is a quote from a book I read yesterday:
    "In Mma Ramotswe's view there was God, Modimo, who lived in the sky, more or less directly above Africa. God was extremely understanding, particularly of people like herself, but to break his rules, as so many people did with complete disregard, was to invite retribution. When they died, good people, such as Mma Ramotswe's father, Obed Ramotswe, were undoubtedly welcomed by God. The fate of the others was unclear, but they were sent to some terrible place – perhaps a bit like Nigeria, she thought – and when they acknowledged their wrongdoing they would be forgiven."
    From Alexander McCall Smith TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE, Anchor Books (New York, 2000), p.7

    May 20, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Friday was one of my worst days in a LONG time...I was so down...and then I found this "alternative commencement' address on YouTube. I do not know this speaker but HE represents hope to me for HIS generation and the future...Like the other BEST commencement address given by Steve Jobs at Stanford, this man "cracked the code" and now I KNOW there is "winds of change" coming...

    He has cracked the simple code of life...DECONSTRUCT the word impossible to CONSTRUCT it into

    May 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
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