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CityLab

Laura Bliss

3 November 2015

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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In a Pittsburgh food desert, the addition of a new supermarket increased residents' level of satisfaction with their neighborhood. Researching people's relationship with food and their community could improve federal ...

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Weston Morrow

1 November 2015

Fairbanks, Alaska, United States

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Rasmus and Allen are attempting to take the data they’ve gathered from their years working with western Alaska communities to establish Qungasvik as an evidence-based solution for not only alcohol abuse but also for o...

Forbes

Devin Thorpe

21 October 2015

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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In South Africa, the extreme gap between rich and poor is the root cause of cyclical poverty, and those living in slums face particularly high barriers to education, healthcare, and quality of life. The Ubuntu Educati...

The New Yorker

Sarah Stillman

15 October 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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Little attention is given to black men who are victims of gun violence but survive and need help. An organization in California is mobilizing all gun-violence victims to voice their opinion on criminal justice reform...

The Denver Post

Ray Mark Rinaldi

3 October 2015

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Artists need cheap living costs, but their presence improves a community and the property values. The State of Colorado and private developers are creating affordable housing and work spaces for artists in neighborhoo...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 September 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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Great solutions to common problems often already exist and have been implemented elsewhere. By crowdsourcing ideas and broadening the pool from which contractors are selected, cities across the world are improving the...

Slate

Mark Obbie

11 September 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Four community groups in the Los Angeles area work to address the root causes of what draws young people into gangs with a mix of approaches to help people leave the gang life, including education and job services, co...

Civil Eats

Sarah Henry

9 September 2015

Oakland, California, United States

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After incarceration, Black men and women have a difficult time re-integrating into society without financial and educational resources. A former Black Panther activist has created the non-profit Oakland &the World Ent...

Vox

Erica Gies

5 September 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Cities across the world, suffering from increased threats of floods and droughts due to climate change, are finding new ways to manage water, such as reclaiming natural waterways and increasing on spot water absorption.

Yes! Magazine

Araz Hachadourian

26 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-...

Christian Science Monitor

Doug Struck

9 August 2015

Miami Beach, Florida, United States

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Around the globe, countries have taken actions that have helped reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy. Although the state of Florida feels the effects of climate change, its state representa...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

8 August 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Neighborhood Centers, a Houston anti-poverty program has a simple philosophy: “The people are the asset, the source of potential solutions, not the problem.” The non-profit has scaled nationally, employing its bottom...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

2 August 2015

Bend, Oregon, United States

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Staff members at a library branch in central Oregon take steps toward community engagement and participation by crossing the barrier from employee to neighbor. By building personal relationships with other community m...

Tiny Spark

Amy Costello

30 July 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Neighborhoods in Chicago suffer from gang violence and gun-related deaths. A church leader and a physician trained in infectious diseases created Cure Violence, a program that sends teams of local residents to meet wi...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Meg Kissinger

29 May 2015

Grafton, Wisconsin, United States

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Mental health care often requires a human touch and a personal connection. Tucked quietly in an office park in Grafton, volunteers at the COPE Hotline field nearly 23,000 calls a year from all over the Milwaukee area ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

29 May 2015

San Jose, California, United States

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Millions of families of arrested individuals do not know what to do to help, how to obtain a lawyer, or what the process entails in the court system. Created by Albert Cobarrubius Justice Project, participatory defens...

The Ithaca Voice

Jeff Stein

22 May 2015

Ithaca, New York, United States

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The law often traps offenders in a cycle of lawbreaking. LEAD allows for drug users to become committed to a program that helps them through the quitting process instead of throwing them into prison and isolating them...

NPR

Maanvi Singh

14 May 2015

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Brown's Super Stores operates seven profitable supermarkets in traditionally food desert neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The founder says it's because they brought together a group of community leaders and asked them e...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Marc Sollinger

8 May 2015

Central African Republic

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The developing world lacks teachers, doctors, and mental health care workers. A professor in London suggests training capable civilians via online classes and chats to quickly and effectively fill these needs.

Citiscope

Stephanie Johnston

29 April 2015

Adelaide, Australia

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Not long ago, Adelaide was a 9-to-5 town, where restaurants catering to suburban commuters closed once lunch was served. This city's transformation is the product of simple and inexpensive strategies for activating it...

The Washington Post

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

28 April 2015

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Photos and videos show various actions religious leaders and institutions in Baltimore are taking to help rebuild their community and foster positive interaction in the midst of racial tension, looting, and rioting.

The Atlantic

James Fallows

28 April 2015

San Bernardino, California, United States

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San Bernardino's Generation Now, a diverse group of young adults, is injecting their city with a boost of civic action through organizing local people at forums and increasing voter turnout at the polls. From rehabili...

Next City

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...

GOOD Magazine

Jennifer Hattam

13 March 2015

Istanbul, Turkey

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With the recent large influx of refugees, crumbling infrastructure, crowded streets, and struggling social services, bing disabled or homeless in Istanbul means facing serious challenges to carving out a dignified lif...

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