Debra Efroymson

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...

March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021

Women, unpaid work and the coronavirus

Ask the average man whose wife has no paid job what she does and the response is likely to be, “Nothing”.

September 29, 2020
September 29, 2020

Some thoughts on the draft Parking Policy

It is now quite well-accepted that the demand for vehicle parking in Dhaka City exceeds the existing capacity. Common sense suggests that the solution is to increase the supply, and the government...

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