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Bloomberg CityLab

Nicole Javorsky

16 August 2018

Nova Scotia, Canada

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After discovering that raw sewage was flowing into Nova Scotia's LaHave River at alarming rates, an 11-year-old in the community decided study the issue for her science project. After testing the levels of the water a...

Yes! Magazine

Jen Marlowe

14 August 2018

Rayne, Louisiana, United States

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When construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana was slated to begin, local citizens formed the L’Eau Est La Vie (“Water Is Life”) camp to establish a course of action to halt the process. Although their ma...

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Audrey F. Henderson

14 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Photographer Tonika Lewis Johnson created a “Map Twins” project to bring together people from often strictly segregated sections of Chicago. Connecting people who live on the same number block of the north and south s...

Pacific Standard

Danielle Ziegelheim

14 August 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Local groups in cities like St. Louis and New York are organizing to reform the criminal justice system, pushing for policies that reinstate voting rights for formerly incarcerated people, changing punishments for non...

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Johnny Magdaleno

13 August 2018

Fresno, California, United States

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Fresno sits in right in the middle of the Central Valley of California. The region is known for its vast agriculture and farming communities, but to locals, it's also known for its horrid air quality. This is especial...

The Guardian

Killian Fox

10 August 2018

Cloughjordan, Ireland

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Admittedly by no definition perfect, members of Ireland's model eco-village have learned many lessons since the community first came into existence and are vowing to use these lessons to improve. Over the last ten yea...

Christian Science Monitor

Nissa Rhee

8 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago has seen a decline in violence, and one neighborhood in particular has led the way, nearly halving its shootings and homicides. Police in Englewood have changed how they work with the community and where they ...

Yes! Magazine

Margot Ford McMillen

7 August 2018

Missouri, United States

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Production agriculture has put many small town, local farmers out of business, changing the landscape of the communities they've been pushed out of. One town in Missouri is fighting against this by joining together to...

Politico

Edward Isaac-Dovere

7 August 2018

United States

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What started as one mother upset over the 2012 Sandyhook school shooting has morphed into Moms Demand Action, a powerful political force with more than five million people on its list and 300,000 active volunteers. Fo...

The Tyee

Erin Ward

7 August 2018

Yarrow, British Columbia, Canada

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Canada is quickly approaching a farming shortage, as elder farmers look to retire from the practice with no succession plan in place for future generations. Yarrow Ecovillage, a land-sharing project, may be the answer...

Public Radio International

Sara Schonhardt

6 August 2018

Athens, Ohio, United States

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Jane Cavarozzi, an entrepreneur and activist, started Dirty Girl coffee to “support economic development and women’s advancement in the small, depressed villages around Appalachian Ohio.” She lives in the town of Glou...

The Guardian

Gavin Kelleher

3 August 2018

Nepal

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In Nepal a team of people monitor border crossings to rescue young women being trafficked into brothels in India. The women are tricked into believing there are jobs waiting for them rather than brutal lives of sexual...

Devex

Kelli Rogers

2 August 2018

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh has become a leader in disaster preparedness through its strategy of training thousands of community members to give early warnings on cyclones and other disasters. This approach has saved thousands of live...

Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Carla Jean Whitley

2 August 2018

Trinidad, Colorado, United States

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One small town in Colorado has spurred economic development by implementing a strategy that focused on the revitalization of creative industries. As a result, Trinidad, CO, has seen a twofold increase in lodging tax i...

The Huffington Post

Adam Weymouth

1 August 2018

Scotland

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These tiny Scottish communities are taking control of their own The inhabitants of Eigg island in Scotland, raised $1.97 million dollars to buy the island they live on. Prior to that, the island had been privately own...

The Marshall Project

Ivan Roman

1 August 2018

Austin, Texas, United States

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Austin moved away from its teen curfew, bucking the trend in many other cities where such laws are longstanding and efforts to remove them often meet resistance. That is despite data showing they do not reduce juvenil...

The New York Times

Michael Wines

23 July 2018

United States

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Public opinion is turning against gerrymandering faster than the Supreme Court. Five states are holding ballot measures on the issue spurred ahead by tens of thousands of citizen’s signatures, and political uncertaint...

Yes! Magazine

Kevon Paynter

19 July 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In response to a decline in city services, local Detroiters have begun providing for neighbors out of a sense of goodwill. Detroiters Helping Each Other distributes donated items, ranging from school supplies to beds ...

The Guardian

Simon Usborne

18 July 2018

Penzance, England, United Kingdom

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“There were bottles, cocktail sticks, coffee cup lids, razors, toothbrushes," recalls Rachel Yates, a Penzance community member, in describing the looks of a Cornish beach she volunteered to clean up with marine conse...

U.S. News & World Report

Andrew Soergel

17 July 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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As cities grapple with higher temperatures, state and local governments are looking for ways to play a larger role in combatting the impacts. Throughout the United States, some of the entities are turning their attent...

NMPolitics.net

Heath Haussaman

16 July 2018

Chaparral, New Mexico, United States

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In Doña Ana County, New Mexico, boosting civic engagement is a priority. County Clerk Scott Krahling has tried several initiatives to do so, including hosting voter registration drives in schools, consolidating local ...

Model D

Aaron Mondry

10 July 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In the Yorkshire Woods neighborhood of Detroit, where there was once blight and vacant properties, there is now a community garden. Thanks to the enterprising efforts of Mose Primus, a community activist, the neighbor...

The Washington Post

Dan Simmons

7 July 2018

Roseville, Minnesota, United States

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Drivers in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., who have equipment issues with their cars may get coupons to help them fix the problems at repair shops rather than a ticket. The Lights On program was created by a nonprofit af...

Apolitical

Fergus Peace

5 July 2018

France

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Connecting refugees and locals speeds integration. A social enterprise called Singa, for example, has a matchmaking app that pairs people with similar hobbies and interests. The model has proven so successful that bra...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

5 July 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Even as cities fight gentrification, residents are often consulted late in urban planning, if at all. Cat Goughnour is pushing for change in Portland. Her consulting group ran a series of workshops, resulting in commu...

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