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Citiscope

Patralekha Chatterjee

29 May 2017

Surat, Gujarat, India

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TARU, an Indian thinktank, has found that Indians cities have combined decentralized action and "multi-stakeholder engagement" in public policy to respond to problems of scarcity in water and power as well as climate ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Brentin Mock

24 May 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In 1986, the city of Baltimore battled the Reagan administration over its local anti-apartheid ordinances—and won. How they prevailed may have important lessons for cities trying to resist Trump today; from his polici...

Chicago Reporter

Jonah Newman

8 May 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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There is much to be learned from The Chicago Police Department's failure to regulate moonlighting police officers. Boasting the nation's weakest oversight of documenting its officer's second-shift jobs, the department...

Fortune

Vivienne Walt

27 April 2017

Estonia

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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the small outpost of Estonia has reinvented itself as the world’s digital pioneer. Everything from paying taxes to establishing companies is done online and takes minutes. Lawma...

Bloomberg CityLab

Kriston Capps

27 April 2017

United States

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Thirty years ago, the U.S. Congress created a process called Title V that requires excess federal land be offered to state and city governments and nonprofits for homeless services. Hampered by challenging obstacles t...

The Guardian

Oliver Milman

27 April 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The Climate Solutions Caucus is made up of half Democrats and half Republicans, by design. Drawing strength from a growing wave of Republican support for climate action, the bipartisan congressional group is an attemp...

FiveThirtyEight

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

24 April 2017

Loma Linda, California, United States

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With the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, the issues of birth control access and reproductive rights have become increasingly polarized and volatile. Some states are taking it upon themselves to improve access ...

The New York Times

Amy Maxmen

19 April 2017

Richmond, California, United States

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Social and economic factors are increasingly being linked to health circumstances and outcomes. This article highlights the city of Richmond, California, which has responded to this correlation, integrating issues of ...

The New York Times

T.R. Reid

14 April 2017

United States

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Tax Day doesn’t have to be stressful. Governments around the world make paying taxes easy. How? By filling out tax returns for people instead of expecting them to slog through the forms themselves.

Vox

Brad Plumer

12 April 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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Acknowledging that most coal plants world wide are likely to continue to operate for decades as the world's demand for energy only increases, solutions to climate change become ever more pressing. Carbon Capture and S...

Pacific Standard

Tom Jacobs

3 April 2017

California, United States

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California implemented a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, which has reduced the number of hit-and-runs. With a license, an undocumented immigrant may be less likely to flee the scen...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

2 April 2017

Federal Way, Washington, United States

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Despite comprising a third of the population, poor and minority students are drastically underrepresented in gifted education programs across the nation, even if their academic performance is on-par with their white p...

The Press of Atlantic City

Thomas Barlas

30 March 2017

Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

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New Jersey legislators are introducing a series of actions that can help drastically reduce food waste and ensure more food is provided to those going hungry. The varied measures include provisions for farms where pos...

Bloomberg

Megan McArdle

28 March 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In many parts of the United States, people struggle with economic mobility and achieving the American Dream. Salt Lake City’s rate of economic mobility is at the highest in the country. An investigative journalist exp...

Priceonomics

Alex Mayyasi

22 March 2017

Sacramento, California, United States

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ReadyReturn is the only program in the United States that provides taxpayers with completed tax returns. It’s simple, easy, and has a 99% user satisfaction rate. Who’s not happy? Intuit, H&R Block, and other tax prepa...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

20 March 2017

United States

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Frequent deployments and relocations create career hurdles for military spouses and pull families away from their support networks. Blue Star Families, a nonprofit founded in 2009, is working with volunteers in 35 cha...

Equal Times

Nithin Coca

7 March 2017

Japan

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Japan’s taxi unions don’t work together normally, but they are finding common cause as ride-sharing platforms such as Uber threaten to pull down wages for all drivers. In 2016, the unions banded together and organized...

Washington Monthly

Shannon Brownlee

1 March 2017

United States

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While American medicine tops the charts for "acute care," it's notably sub-par when it comes to treating chronic conditions and focusing on prevention. This piece introduces a series on how the U.S. healthcare system'...

Washington Monthly

Sheree Crute

1 March 2017

St. Charles, Missouri, United States

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Crider Health Center was having trouble coordinating the communication between psychiatry and primary care physicians. In 2012, under the Affordable Care Act, Crider and dozens of other mental health centers in the st...

PBS NewsHour

Pamela Kirkland

1 March 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In Maryland, people are being trained to administer naloxone, the drug that can save people from an opioid overdose, in order to combat the opioid crisis. Some people are even trained on street corners. Already 20,00...

How We Get to Next

Christine Ro

8 February 2017

United States

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From gender-segregated buses in Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro, to more lighting and staff on Washington, D.C.’s metro system, cities around the world are taking steps to make public transportation safer for women. Some of ...

The Connecticut Mirror

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

6 February 2017

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Schools in Connecticut are facing serious challenges with allocation of finances and resources that have dramatically affected their ability to provide programs such as after school curriculum to students, disproporti...

The Tennessean

David Plazas

29 January 2017

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is developing a comprehensive strategy for affordable housing to help address the challenges of rising property prices and gentrification for the city's poor and minorities. The city is hel...

Chicago Reporter

Kalyn Belsha

24 January 2017

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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When public schools close, what can communities do with the buildings? Kansas City hired an urban planner to help repurpose school buildings to better engage the community and enabled non-profits a chance to purchase ...

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Martha Lane Fox

4 January 2017

Japan

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Japan’s annual gun deaths are in the single digits, thanks to tight regulations on firearms. Even police defuse violence using martial arts rather than guns. Criminals use knives instead and find ways of illegally imp...

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