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Pacific Standard

Sam Quinones

29 December 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that gang-related crime had dropped by nearly half since 2008. The transformation of LA holds lessons for decreasing violent crime through community policing, a foc...

FastCompany

Jessica Leber

17 December 2014

New York, New York, United States

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In order to secure affordable housing for artists in neighborhoods at risk of gentrification and displacement, Artspace purchases and renovates buildings across the country. Tenants are selected by a lottery with prio...

Politico

Erica Peterson

9 December 2014

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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Although residents turn up their air conditioners, Louisville heat is increasing the city’s death rate by 39 people every year. The city mayor launched a tree commission for planting more trees and since 2011 has plan...

The New York Times

Kerry Hannon

21 November 2014

Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States

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Not all seniors need the various discounts they receive. The Boomerang Giving project allows them to donate back the difference of the discounts on things like movie tickets to a charity of their choice, benefiting no...

The New York Times

Vivekananda Nemana

Ankita Rao

13 November 2014

Odisha, India

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India has had a problem in which 620 million people openly defecate outdoors, causing harm to hygiene, sanitation, food, and water resources. The president of India funded an initiative to build public toilets for th...

Positive.News

Kirsten Downer

4 November 2014

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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For 150 areas in the UK needing the most help, support came in the form of 1 million pound grants to fund community-led projects. What sets this funding apart is that 75% of those on the decision-making boards are loc...

The Globe and Mail

Geoffrey York

19 October 2014

Lagos, Nigeria

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When the Ebola virus struck Nigeria and Senegal the governments of both countries took several steps to prevent an outbreak. Both countries responded to the first reported case quickly, traced all of the people that t...

MIT News

Nancy Adams

10 October 2014

Santa Maria Nebaj, El Quiché, Guatemala

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Using "Creative Capacity Building," MIT's D-Lab established in impoverished, rural areas in developing nations a method of empowering and supporting individuals in rural communities to invent low-cost technologies spe...

The New York Times

Kate Zernike

31 August 2014

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Since moving to a county-run police department, Camden, N.J., historically one of the nation’s poorest and most dangerous cities, has altered its culture to overcome years of mistrust by developing a personal relation...

San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

28 June 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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San Francisco’s chronically homeless population remains staggeringly high. Salt Lake City has managed to eradicate much of their chronically homeless by geographically placing supportive housing distant from the city’...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 June 2014

Dallas, Texas, United States

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The Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas suffered from recession-closed businesses and crime. Then community members used placemaking, in which people shaped their own environment to improve the quality of life, and the c...

WNYC

Amanda Aronczyk

6 June 2014

Bronx, New York, United States

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A hospital, university, and research center partnership is trying to encourage local Bronx students to become nurses and community health care workers and stay in the area to improve the health of the community.

CivicStory

Susan Haig

23 April 2014

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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To play their part in environmentally friendly solutions to a trash problem, the city of Princeton, NJ has implemented a program curbside composting program that has already grown from 160 participants to over 900. Th...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 February 2014

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Civic leaders in the U.S. struggle to effectively help their distressed neighborhoods. East Lake, Atlanta, created a replicable model that mixes residents of differing socio-economic status, and focuses on education a...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 February 2014

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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In Memphis, a creative blight-reduction initiative called 25 Square Blocks broke down the city into blocks. Inspectors were able to quickly identify all the violations and fix them, using the same amount of funding, b...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 February 2014

Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States

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In Fayetteville, the Mayor and Police Chief have taken a personalized approach in seeking a solution for blighted, low-income neighborhoods and are working to increase the number of city staff on-hand to help address ...

Education Week

Lesli A. Maxwell

Megan Garner

Swikar Patel

4 December 2013

Oglala, South Dakota, United States

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Native American student graduation rates are much lower than that of any other demographic. The Red Cloud school teaches students on a reservation in South Dakota about the Lakota history to empower the kids and encou...

Kaiser Health News

Ankita Rao

23 November 2013

Rockville, Maryland, United States

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In the United States approximately 15% Asian-Americans have no health insurance and have had a difficulty understanding the options available in the Affordable Care Act. Although the White House has reached out to Asi...

The Atlantic

Alan Taylor

22 October 2013

Rjukan, Norway

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Small towns located deep in the valleys of steep mountains, like Rjukan, Norway, and Viganella, Italy, can be cut off from sunlight for almost half a year but computer-controlled mirrors are helping to change that. Th...

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Phillip Pantuso

1 August 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Public-private partnerships, nonprofit organizations, and community members themselves come together to make Brownsville, a neighborhood in NYC, a more collaborative, friendly and safe place. Though the neighborhood h...

The New York Times

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

29 July 2013

Cuba

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Despite the fact that Cuba and the United States have had no bilateral relations for decades, the countries' meteorological institutions do collaborate by exchanging information about weather. This relationship could ...

CityLab

Sarah Goodyear

13 June 2013

Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota has become a danger for pedestrians, cars have the right of the way and it is up to pedestrians to stay alert and safe. Now, citizens are using paint on sidewalks and roads to draw attention to dangers such as ...

CivicStory

Sonia Schnee

5 June 2013

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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To minimize the problem of abandoned lots, the city of Newark created a program called Adopt-a-Lot. This urban gardening program allows city residents to use a lot to grow flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and the city...

The New York Times

Liz Alderman

14 May 2013

Paris, France

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The impoverished communities in Paris had high unemployment for adults and youth. The French government has offered financial incentives to hire people from the banlieues. Talents de Cités, a governmental program, off...

CityLab

Sarah Goodyear

25 April 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark

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When Amsterdam and the Netherlands were facing an urban dilemma between building bicycle or automobile friendly streets, citizens organized to promote the prioritization of cyclist safety above all else. This public o...

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