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Do We Need Police To Curb LA's Traffic Violence? Some Cities Are Saving Lives Without Them

LAist

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Five years after Los Angeles launched its Vision Zero program to reduce traffic fatalities, the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists killed on city streets have soared. By relying too heavily on the racially fraught and often ineffective practice of police stops of vehicles, and by not spending en...

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In a Virtual Classroom, How Do You Care for Kids Threatened by Gun Violence?

The Trace

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Remote learning during the pandemic robs teachers and counselors of face-to-face contact that can reveal serious problems in children's lives, and so Philadelphia schools created the Healing Together program to train teachers to spot problems over a video connection. With gun violence raging in t...

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The Sudbury model: How one of the world's major polluters went green

Christian Science Monitor

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After being known as a polluted mining town, politicians, scientists, industry officials, and residents of Sudbury, Ontario, were able to come together to restore its land. After 40 years and $33.5 million, they are about halfway through recovering about 200,000 acres of land. So far, they’ve bee...

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Chicago Teens Unveil Vision for Change and Public Safety in Their Neighborhood

Next City

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20 High School students enrolled in Territory, an urban design nonprofit, produced a zine and their own quality of life report for West Austin, where many of the students live. “They critiqued the city and institutions around them, and tracked threats to public safety posed by both a novel virus ...

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The daring plan to save the Arctic ice with glass

BBC

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The nonprofit Arctic Ice Project is testing an unusual approach to combat climate change: by scattering a thin layer of reflective glass powder over parts of the Arctic. By putting this material on top of the ice, they’re studying if the powder can protect the ice during the summer months and reb...

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Waiving Regulations for Affordable Housing Shows Results in Austin

Next City

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Affordable housing requirements for developers were eased in Austin through legislation known as Affordability Unlocked. As a result of less stringent parking, set-back and height codes, developers are able to maximize the number of units per building and deliver a bigger impact per project. Thes...

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How a housing-first strategy could save domestic violence survivors during a pandemic

The Land

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To provide emergency housing to domestic violence victims without crowding them into shelters during the pandemic, Ohio victim-aid groups have helped hundreds of families to flee violence and find safe housing in subsidized apartments or short-term hotel stays. One program, the REACH Rapid Rehous...

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The state's emergency child-care centers kept COVID-19 in check. Here's how

The Boston Globe

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Emergency child-care centers in Massachusetts have recorded only a small handful of cases of COVID-19 due to strict adherence to safety measures. Most notably, the centers have implemented a combination of contact tracing and mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone who could have been exposed, w...

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How Did These Students Get The City To Change The Name Of Douglass Park? They Built Collective Power And Didn't Back Down

Block Club Chicago

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Chicago students organized and, for the first time, convinced the city to rename a park in honor of Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass. The former Douglas Park was named after a Civil War era Illinois senator who advocated to expand slavery, and whose wife owned slaves. Not daunted by the city’s ...

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The Shared Spaces program: a crisis-driven experiment that could permanently change San Francisco's urban landscape

Mission Local

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The Shared Spaces program is a pandemic-driven initiative that increases outdoor dining space in commercial areas. The initiative made the permit process more user friendly and less expensive. Over 1,200 outdoor dining applications were approved in three months, which is more than the city approv...

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This Philly charter school is trying to grow the ranks of Black male teachers

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Data shows that nationally only 2% of public-school teachers are Black men. To fill that gap, Boys’ Latin, a charter school in Philadelphia, launched a program that creates teaching positions for Black men who want to teach. Research shows that having Black teachers in the classroom decreases ...

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The Rise of Dual Credit - Education Next

Education Next

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Dual credit classes were a response to the increasing costs of attending college and university and to make postsecondary education more accessible to low-income students. Although, low-income and minority students are still having trouble accessing dual credit courses, research shows they have...

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