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Top 100 people innovating cities

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Unless you're an urban planning wonk, names like Susan Anderson, Peter Rees, and Donald Shoup probably don't mean a whole lot. But for people working to improve cities these are just a few people innovating how cities are run and changing the way we think about them.

In a list of the top 100 city innovators from around the world, Future Cities is shining a light on the people working to build better, more sustainable cities.

"The movement to build, support, and sustain livable cities worldwide is well underway, with individuals all over the globe and across numerous industries committed to leading the charge," the reports says. "Today, we're calling out, and congratulating, those who are doing the most important and aggressive work here."

The list does include a few household names like Bill and Melinda Gates for spending $27 million to fund five urban development projects in African cities and Bill Clinton, for his foundation's Clinton Climate Initiative to encourage the world's 40 largest cities to reduce their carbon emissions.

The list groups the innovators into a number of categories, including:

  • Built Environment
  • Civic Engagement
  • Energy & the Environment
  • Government
  • IT & Technology
  • Public Spaces & Regeneration
  • Security
  • Transportation
  • Urban Policy

You can see the full list here.

Photo: Flickr/ecstaticist

— By on October 17, 2013, 10:35 PM PST

Tyler Falk

Contributing Editor

Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure