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Chicago is being looked at as a pioneer for using the 'Smart City Trend' but in a more useful way with their "urban sensing project". It involves the installment of sensors all over the city that will both serve the public in the immediate e.g traffic information, and will provide data about sensors themselves and the city to help guide future projects.


Todd Newcombe

November 15, 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

The new platform calls for economic justice, reparations and job opportunities.

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

August 5, 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

Obesity is at an all-time high in the United States, and is hard to combat. But urban obesity can be countered with inviting streets to stroll, dramatic staircases to climb, parks to exercise in - it’s called “active design.”

The New York Times

Meera Senthilingam

July 12, 2016

New York, New York, United States

About 76 million Indians don’t have regular access to clean drinking water, the most of any country in the world. But a new nationwide experiment aims to address the water crisis with “water ATMs,” machines that purify water on site and dispense it through prepaid card swipes, an idea that is gaining traction with the prime minister on down.


Fred de Sam Lazaro

April 13, 2016

New Delhi, Delhi, India

Can we engineer buildings to prevent collapse in earthquakes? The answer is yes, and the Inquiry dives into how better building design can save more and more lives as urban density increases.


Neal Razzell

March 22, 2016


As Seattle and the region search for ways to produce and retain affordable housing, these four developments backed by private capital are examples of different strategies that have worked.

The Seattle Times

Sanjay Bhatt

March 12, 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

A group of architects proposed a new design to help raise environmentally responsible kids by combining farms and preschools.


Eillie Anzilotti

March 7, 2016

London, United Kingdom

An ambitious plan for the 69-acre Regent Park neighborhood is disrupting entrenched notions of class, race and religion, at a time when concerns over income inequality and immigration are growing.

The New York Times

Dan Levin

February 28, 2016

Regent Park, Canada

Chronic toxic stress caused by violence in trauma in a child's life can be exceedingly harmful - but can be remedied through building personal relationships and trust.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Nancy Cambria

February 21, 2016

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

A new book chronicles each below-market subsidized housing project ever built in New York, highlighting in particular Co-op City, where residents have come to care for their city-subsidized homes.

Next City

Cassie Owens

December 29, 2015

New York, New York, United States

In a Pittsburgh food desert, the addition of a new supermarket did not change residents' shopping habits, but it did increase their levels of satisfaction with their neighborhood. Researching people's relationship with food and their community could improve federal efforts to fight food insecurity and poor eating habits.


Laura Bliss

November 3, 2015

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

International students and the city of Flint, Michigan, have an imperfect but beneficial relationship. The city is a cheap and accommodating place for students to get their foot in the U.S., and the students bring their business; thus, boosting the desperate economy.

The New York Times

Gordon Young

October 27, 2015

Flint, Michigan, United States

A starting point for addressing the problem of small-business extinction - a description of possible solutions being enacted in New York City.

The Lo-Down

Ed Litvak

October 8, 2015

New York, New York, United States

Artists need cheap living costs, but their presence improves a community and the property values. The State of Colorado and private developers are creating affordable housing and work spaces for artists in neighborhoods they want to thrive.

The Denver Post

Ray Mark Rinaldi

October 3, 2015

Denver, Colorado, United States

Neighborhood Centers, a Houston anti-poverty program has a simple philosophy: “The people are the asset, the source of potential solutions, not the problem.” The non-profit has scaled nationally, employing its bottom-up approach to disburse funds in poor communities.

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

August 8, 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

A growing number of people in the famously crowded Tokyo metropolis are becoming ‘city farmers’, planting crops atop tall buildings or deep underground. In an age of detrimental climate change, urban cultivation and green roof agriculture will soon be necessary as food, water and energy resources become scarcer.


Paolo Patrizi

June 18, 2015

Tokyo, Japan

After decades of economic and social despair that once saw it named the poorest big city in America, Cleveland has become a model of revitalization, thanks to a unique “anchor strategy” that harnesses the immense wealth and power of the city’s public institutions.

Toronto Star

Sara Mojtehedzadeh

April 18, 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Harsville, South Carolina is trying to better its educational program. But first it must change the standard of living in the town to provide greater examples of success for the children to follow.


Sam Chaltain

March 17, 2015

Hartsville, South Carolina, United States

Research shows that inner-city violence can be as traumatizing as war. A program in Philadelphia is pioneering new ways to treat the urban wounded

Yahoo News

Tina Rosenberg

March 6, 2015

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

As a blight-reduction and urban-development effort, the city of Newark sold bare lots in a distressed area to families willing to build a house and live in it for five years.

Next City

Cassie Owens

February 16, 2015

Newark, New Jersey, United States

Louisville, Kentucky is warming faster than any other city in the country, with summer temperatures in the central urban area up an extra 20 degrees. Although residents turn up their air conditioners, the heat is increasing the city’s death rate by 39 people every year. The city mayor has launched a tree commission for planting more trees, which offer more cooling shade.

Politico Magazine

Erica Peterson

December 9, 2014

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

A novel way to help young men growing up in communities in which concentrated poverty, violence and unemployment are well-documented barriers to health and longevity: male youth of color are trained to be the emergency response team to help stabilize street victims before doctors or nurses begin procedures.

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

September 18, 2014

Oakland, California, United States

In an effort to stop the poverty cycle in Memphis, a government organization is paying students to get good grades and paying adults if they have a full time job.

Politico Magazine

Glenn Thrush

August 12, 2014

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is transforming educational systems in Oakland by forming mentor relationships between adults and students. Unlike other models, though, the adults are the ones held accountable.

Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith

May 21, 2014

Oakland, California, United States

In Memphis, a creative blight-reduction initiative broke down the city into blocks. Inspectors were able to quickly identify all the violations and fix them with no changes in their budget.

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

February 22, 2014

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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