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Matt Weiser

10 October 2017

Dos Palos, California, United States

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California aims to reconnect major rivers with their floodplains. This reduces flood risk and helps restore groundwater aquifers and wildlife habitat. A farm irrigation district in Dos Palos is proving this can work. ...

The Nation

Jimmy Tobias

9 October 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In Washington D.C., the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase act, gives tenants the right to be the first in line to buy the building they live in, if it goes up for sale. The city, also has a trust fund that finances affor...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

4 October 2017

Pennsylvania, United States

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Thirty years ago, Norway’s recidivism rate was more than 60 percent. Then the country put rehabilitation at the core of its corrections system, training prison guards to act more like social workers than punishers. Re...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Marco Werman

Joyce Hackel

27 September 2017

United States

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The average median-income family in the United States spends 13 hours per year preparing and filing their taxes, plus $370 paying someone to help. “In other countries, it’s a matter of minutes and costs nothing,” says...

The New York Times

Jack Ewing

21 September 2017

Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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With nearly one in five Germans working in manufacturing, the closing of steel mills and coal mines spelled trouble. Instead of despairing, blue-collar cities such as Dortmund leapt into the future. State and local of...

Reveal

Ziva Branstetter

20 September 2017

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Oklahoma currently locks up more women than any other state in the country, incarcerating females at more than double the national rate, and harshly deals out ever-longer sentences to prisoners, disproportionately tar...

Keystone Crossroads

Kevin McCorry

30 August 2017

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Part 4 of the "Equity or Bust: Are Ontario's Public Schools a Model for Pennsylvania" Series: Ontario is widely lauded for its education system. But, like Pennsylvania, evidence in Toronto suggests that Ontario has s...

Keystone Crossroads

Kevin McCorry

29 August 2017

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Part 2 of 3 in Series "The Social Wall: Universal Lessons in Berlin's Attempt to Integrate Schools" - A progressive funding model has been a boon to schools in Berlin’s poorer neighborhoods, which receive a baseline o...

Pacific Standard

Michael Hobbes

15 August 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Michael Hobbes details the rise and fall of small learning communities in the early 2000s to tell the story of a larger trend in American education reform. "The decisive factor isn't the Big Idea itself--splitting up ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Kriston Capps

14 August 2017

New York, New York, United States

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New York City passed the first law in the nation guaranteeing legal representation to any low-income resident facing eviction. Pilot programs in California show that the right to counsel levels the playing field betwe...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

7 August 2017

Lincoln, New Hampshire, United States

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A number of towns across northern New England struggled with furry invaders ripping into trash bins and dumpsters, which not only scattered litter and left a big mess, but increased the risk of dangerous encounters be...

New Hampshire Public Radio

Ben Henry

27 July 2017

Dover, New Hampshire, United States

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While farmers’ markets popularity has increased in the last decade, the higher prices mitigate equal access to such provisions -- and, by extension, the health benefits. As a result, non-profits and farmers' markets a...

Governing

John Buntin

22 July 2017

Rockford, Illinois, United States

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In efforts to diminish violent crime, police agencies are revisiting a model law enforcement strategy of the 1970s, "community policing," as an alternative to the more recent "broken windows" style of the late ninetie...

The New York Times

Brad Plumer

20 July 2017

Hoima, Kibaale, Western Region, Uganda

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In a randomized experiment in western Uganda, scientists demonstrated the effectiveness of paying rural farmers not to chop down trees since deforestation contributes to CO2 emissions worldwide. They studied for two y...

Billy Penn

Anna Orso

12 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Reducing inmate populations doesn’t necessarily cut costs. The funding equation is far more complex. Complying with employee pension laws, offering more services to inmates, and other growing costs can replace any sav...

Christian Science Monitor

Christopher Johnston

9 July 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Largely unbeknownst to the public eye, Cleveland has been battling human trafficking in various forms for many years. Recently, the city has become a leader in trying to eradicate this longstanding problem. Thanks to ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Krutika Pathi

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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The homeless population in NYC stands at the highest number since the Great Depression. The Bowery Residents Committee has suggested changes to how shelters emerge, run and are funded. With a focus on results-based fu...

KCTS-PBS

Matt Mills McKnight

28 June 2017

Olympia, Washington, United States

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The economic growth along the West coast has been huge, but the population increase has also increased housing costs, pushing thousands onto the streets. In response, the non-profit Panza has developed a novel approac...

Bloomberg CityLab

Liz Wolfe

28 June 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Mitigating homelessness on Los Angeles' infamous "Skid Row" comprises myriad obstacles. But a collaboration between city officials, a USC architecture class project, and the Skid Row Housing Trust has responded with a...

Foreign Policy

Tik Root

26 June 2017

Musanze, Rwanda

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As part of the massive effort to rebuild their country and encourage economic opportunity - particularly for youth - Rwanda has incorporated entrepreneurship into their culture, education, and economy at an unpreceden...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

26 June 2017

United States

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In an effort to reduce prison populations, some U.S. cities are enacting reforms that emphasize short, swift, and certain punishments for minor violations. Despite the hype, such reforms may be no better than existing...

The New York Times

Sam Quinones

16 June 2017

Covington, Kentucky, United States

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Kentucky is rethinking its penal system for dealing with drug offenders and has shown success in reducing recidivism and relapse rates. Instead of leaving addicts to languish in the typical jailhouse environment of "e...

Gunnison Country Times

Chris Rourke

15 June 2017

Breckenridge, Colorado, United States

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As second-home owners increase property values and decrease the supply of residences in Gunnison County, its year-round community faces a dwindling affordable housing stock. Nearby, a popular tourist town of Breckenri...

Billy Penn

Peak Johnson

2 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The mural at Eighth and Callowhill in Philadelphia was created by two formerly incarcerated artists. The work is part of a larger exhibition that brings attention to U.S. criminal justice reform through the artwork of...

Eugene Weekly

Kenny Jacoby

1 June 2017

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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In Eugene, Oregon, the city – much like the rest of the United States – has often practiced ticketing, citing, and/or arresting individuals as a response to homelessness. The practice, often referred to as the crimina...

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