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Cornelia Forsthuber

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I'm passionate about including the next generation of CityChangers into the conversation, exploring my city, and meaningful conversations. In my free time, I enjoy the other good things in life: literature, hiking, and eating my way through Vienna.

From Clogged to Car-Light: Giving the Streets Back to People in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is home to around 3 million citizens (more than 15 million if you count the Greater Buenos Aires area). How relevant is walkability for a city of that size? We spoke to Clara Muzzio, minister of public space and urban hygiene for Buenos Aires, about the city’s...

Eurotowns: Big Enough to Cope, Small Enough to Care

If you think that only big cities can substantially contribute to sustainability efforts, you couldn’t be further from the truth. A network of small- and medium-sized European cities shows you exactly what can be done and how they are big enough to cope and small enough to care. Keep...

CityChanger Petra Jens: Empowering Pedestrians and Reframing the Topic

Petra Jens has been Vienna’s walking commissioner since 2013, aiming to make the city a pedestrian paradise. But what is it exactly that a walking commissioner does, and does every city need one? We sat down with Petra to talk about her tasks, the power of communication, empowerment of...

CityChanger Clara Muzzio: “It’s Thrilling to Realise People Value the Change You Bring to Their Street”

Clara Muzzio is the minister of public space and urban hygiene in Buenos Aires and a firm believer in the transformative power of the public space and its relevance to urban life. She’s been involved in making Buenos Aires a greener and more inclusive city for more than ten...

CityChanger Eugene Quinn: Opening a Dialogue Through Walking Tours

Eugene Quinn is a man of many professions: he’s an urbanist and a DJ, a fantastic storyteller, a creative mind, and above all, a passionate walker. Eugene created more than 60 walking tours in Vienna – with 90% of the people coming on tours with him being Viennese. We...

CityChanger Bronwen Thornton: Celebrating Walkable Cities

With a background in architecture and sociology, Bronwen Thornton started her career in government, keenly interested in social justice issues. Attending the Walk21 conference in 2001, she had an epiphany – walking is where it all comes together. Now that she is CEO of Walk21, we sat down with...

Spotlight on Trondheim: Shortcuts to a Walkable City

It’s simple, it doesn’t cost much, it saves time – why aren’t shortcuts more prevalent in cities that want to encourage people to walk more? Look to Trondheim: a mid-sized Norwegian city that has mapped out over 600 shortcuts and continuously upgrades them to get its citizens walking). We...

En Route to Changing the Conversation: How to Make Citizen Engagement Work

How can you make authentic citizen participation work? Warren Logan, Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations in the city of Oakland, has made a name for himself by not just superficially asking for the opinion of fellow citizens, but by building trust and starting an honest dialogue. What...

Cycling: How to Get Started as a Beginner City

Your city has (almost) no existing infrastructure and cycling is generally not a way for people to move around? Don't worry, we all have to start somewhere. We've got your next steps planned out! Beginner cities are those with a cycling modal share of below 10 percent and a lack...

Cycling: How to Get Started as an Intermediate City

In your city are many people who love cycling, but a real cycling culture does not yet exist, as the existing cycling infrastructure is still insufficient for many? Here you'll find the steps to take to increase cycling further. Intermediate cities have a committed number of people cycling, ranging between...

Cycling: How to Get Started as an Advanced City

Cycling in your city is not only popular because the infrastructure for it is there and wonderful, there's is also a vibrant cycling culture that includes everyone, even children? So how to improve what's already pretty good? We'll take you through the next steps. Advanced cities, such as Amsterdam...

From Creating Momentum for Pedestrians to Turning It Into Policy – How Rotterdam Made It Happen

It’s a long way from one person having an idea to a city fully implementing it on policy-level – Rotterdam’s story shows that it can be done, and how. We sat down with José Besselink, urban planner and Chief Editor of Rotterdam Walks 2025, and learnt how she got...

22 Years of Putting Pedestrians First – Lessons Learnt From Portland

With its first pedestrian plan having been published in 1998 and its recent update spanning over 300+ pages, Portland, Oregon is one of the cities spearheading walkability in the US. We sat down with Michelle Marx, Portland’s pedestrian coordinator, on lessons learned, challenges faced, and visions ahead. You can’t really...

A Contributor’s Guide to CityChangers.org

Ready to hit the keys and share your story? Believe us, we’re just as excited as you are! Here’s a little guide on how to structure your knowledge and the story you’re telling, to have it fit our content strategy. Before You Begin Please note that we are not a news...

Why Create an Account?

With CityChangers.org, we want to provide you with a home base for everything you need to drive change in your city. We’re not charging you to read our articles, we’re not limiting the number of articles you can read, and we’re letting you comment on articles even without an...

CityChangers.org: An Introduction

A place to get inspired, learn, share ideas and knowledge, and connect with the world's most inspiring urban voices: This is what we want CityChangers.org to be for you. Welcome to your new online home base! Here’s a short introduction to what we’ve prepared for you. The Heart of CityChangers.org:...

Sofa Session #4: Bringing Your Vision to Life

Okay, so you’ve got a vision: now what? If you want to bring it to life and prevent it from ending up in some drawer, it needs to be widely shared! Your job is to create images and a storyline people can emotionally relate to. People must “live” it....

Sofa Session #3: Behaviour Change 101

“Changing behaviour” is seen as the #1 challenge by CityChangers who are passionately driving change around the world. We can see why: Humans just hate to change. What’s even worse, scientists tell us to forget about making people change. So what should we do instead? Take a seat on...