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Jon Geeting

25 July 2016

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Substitutes for city parking requirements are becoming increasingly popular throughout the United States. Rather than using off-street parking, many housing developers now provide residents with alternatives that prom...

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Ashish Sharma

1 July 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Twenty-first century cities face the factors of climate change with intensity as urban heating threatens human and the earth’s health. The University of Notre Dame has conducted research on green and cool roofing proj...

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Christine Ro

27 June 2016

Bucharest, Romania

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In Romania, citizens have led an organizing effort to create their first urban nature park, a particularly important achievement because civilian and government collaborations can be difficult in Bucharest. After four...

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Jim Saksa

24 June 2016

Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, many cities face challenges in implementing Complete Street policies to improve street and transportation safety in urban cores. The cities and organizations that have done this successfully offer ide...

The Huffington Post

Magda Abu-Fadil

13 June 2016

Helinski, Finland

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Helinski's 'Smart Kalasatama' neighborhood is being planned by city officials, and supported by private investors, to be a vision for the future. Resource efficiency, technology start-ups and modern public transport a...

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

18 May 2016

Brownsville, Texas, United States

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In an attempt to address liver disease, diabetes, obesity and other health issues, Brownsville has launched a comprehensive, cohesive approach to promoting health, being named a model for other communities across the ...

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Eleanor Klibanoff

12 May 2016

Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania is the second most flood prone state in the United States. Many city and county governments, however, are working to prevent and protect the state from detrimental damage. They have created sustainable in...

National Geographic

Jacob Kushner

18 April 2016

Tsavo, Kenya

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As a new railway is built in Kenya, conservationists are using satellite collars to study elephant movement and how they interact with the transport system. There are some overpasses at various points throughout the t...

The Post Crescent

Keegan Kyle

17 March 2016

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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The state of Wisconsin has a teen suicide rate three-times greater than the national average. Lawmakers have scrambled to address and provide greater access to mental health services in the state by offering temporary...

The New York Times

Emma G. Fitzsimmons

15 February 2016

Bergen, New Jersey, United States

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The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, across the river from New York City, offers a look at the benefits and challenges of a street-level transit line.

CityLab

Alec Appelbaum

9 February 2016

Pleasantville, New York, United States

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To break through gridlock on fair housing, city planners, citizens, and government officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic: Using a simulation game to try out different development scenario...

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Catesby Holmes

8 February 2016

São Paulo, Brazil

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The Western Hemisphere’s biggest city has developed a model blueprint for progressive housing policy in developing countries, in large part by affirming squatters' rights and demanding a certain percentage of low-inco...

The New York Times

Emma G. Fitzsimmons

1 January 2016

New York, New York, United States

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A second year of decline demonstrates that a project to reduce traffic fatalities works, said a safety advocate, who called on the mayor to expand the effort, termed Vision Zero, which lowers speed limits and raises e...

Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

23 December 2015

Bologna, Italy

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Bologna is demonstrating the utility of allowing citizens to help with projects in cash-strapped cities. A new policy makes it easier for citizens to head city projects and to participate in guiding the future of the ...

Citiscope

Gregory Scruggs

16 November 2015

Cuenca, Ecuador

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International governments look to Latin America for inspiration in how to organize public spaces and policies. While many Latin American countires struggle with crime and violence prevention, they also are more willin...

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Mark Peterson

22 October 2015

Evanston, Illinois, United States

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Cars heavily influence building planning in the U.S. due to a historical preference for suburbs, but a town in Illinois improved its economy by thinking like a city. They created transit-oriented development which pri...

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Cassie Owens

1 September 2015

Exeter, United Kingdom

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Larger green spaces may be critical to a city, as they can support more complete ecosystems. In contrast to smaller "parklets," large parks paired with high-density neighborhoods allow for healthier cities.

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Irina Zhorov

20 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As city leaders reconsider their urban spaces—and particularly, urban waterfronts—through the lens of a post-industrial economy and renewed urbanism, moving urban highways has become more of a priority. Urban planners...

Al Jazeera

Russell Beard

11 May 2015

Netherlands

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As climate change causes global sea levels to rise, nations around the world are increasingly concerned about threats to infrastructure and livelihoods. But the Dutch have been keeping the sea at bay for centuries usi...

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Mike Lydon

20 April 2015

Dallas, Texas, United States

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A Dallas urban neighborhood was dilapidated with abandoned storefronts and offered no vitality for pedestrians. A group of artists and community members created Build a Better Block, in which local artisans and small...

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

21 March 2015

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Tulsa Public Schools drew on expertise across many sectors and extensive neighborhood input to address the issue of thousands of empty seats in local schools. Through a community-focused process, they were able to min...

This Big City

Tere García Alcaraz

16 March 2015

Caracas, Venezuela

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Last year, Venezuela became an urban laboratory for architects and urban designers who believe in the implementation of participatory processes and collaborative design techniques in order to change communities who li...

The Guardian

Jim Hall

23 February 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The densely populated Canadian city is tenth most at risk of flooding in the world as climate change raises sea levels. The government has instated a number of successful flood adaptation projects, with an ambition to...

The Globe and Mail

John Lorinc

20 February 2015

New York, New York, United States

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New York City suffered from fires that erupted in overcrowded, run-down apartments. Then the city sleuthed through residential records and found that landlords who foreclosed let their properties fall apart and ignore...

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Kraker

4 February 2015

Duluth, Minnesota, United States

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While some parts of the United States struggle with drought, others are faced with more water than they know what to do with. Minnesota reconstructs roads and drainage systems in order to be more prepared for the larg...

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