Debra Efroymson

November 14, 2021
November 14, 2021

Taxing sugary drinks and promoting healthy food are the way to go

Anyone who has recently started exercising in a public space has probably heard this question, or seen people ask it to their acquaintances. There is no need to specify the “it”—everyone knows that...

November 6, 2021
November 6, 2021

Celebrating cooperatives, reimagining economies

On the first Saturday in November, Bangladesh observes the National Cooperatives Day.

November 4, 2021
November 4, 2021

What future do we have to offer our youth?

In the past few generations, the world has changed extremely rapidly—and it is likely to continue to do so. Artificial intelligence threatens many of our existing jobs and even raises the question...

November 1, 2021
November 1, 2021

Dhaka, Density and Liveability

Growing up in a small city in the southwest United States, I thought I didn’t like cities. I loved hiking in the nearby mountains, from the top of which a grey haze hung over the city, which itself...

October 22, 2021
October 22, 2021

A plea for safer travels

Today, on October 22, we celebrate National Road Safety Day. But why? Not why we care about safety—the devastating toll of accidents makes it clear why it is important—but why call it Road Safety...

October 4, 2021
October 4, 2021

Can we make Dhaka better?

Having lived in Dhaka for more than 20 years and, prior to Covid-19, travelled to many other cities, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to reflect on what makes a city great.

September 22, 2021
September 22, 2021

Learning to value people, not cars

Imagine if aliens came to Earth. If they landed in just about any major city, they would be forgiven for believing that people are simply batteries for automobiles, and that automobiles are the...

September 17, 2021
September 17, 2021

Reclaiming streets for our children

Here is an important but little-known fact about car parking: the more that is provided, the greater the demand.

September 4, 2021
September 4, 2021

Public space, Covid, and the right to recreation

As the Covid pandemic drags on and schools and universities continue to remain closed, children and youth in particular are tired of being cooped up at home. Serious as they are, it is not just the...

July 25, 2021
July 25, 2021

Walking is not pedestrian

Life has changed in so many ways due to Covid-19, this one change may not even have registered for you. But with restrictions on motorised transport, people are walking more than ever. Much of it...