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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 ...

Urbanet

Laura von Puttkamer

21 June 2018

Mexico City, Mexico

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By participating in the decision-making process, Mexico City residents successfully convinced the government to build a public park instead of an office development. The Parque Imán is 2.4 hectares, includes 163 trees...

Yes! Magazine

Adam Lynch

15 June 2018

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In Jackson, Mississippi, a series of community-led cooperatives are creating opportunities for affordable home ownership. This is part of a trend across the country to create community land trusts. They are financed t...

University of Oregon

Bryana Sena

7 June 2018

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Composting reduces the waste that fill landfills, but it's not always a common practice. Food For Lane County and Compost Crew are two operations in Oregon that are working to change this through local control operati...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Mark Dent

21 May 2018

Oakland, Pennsylvania, United States

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Oakland, California is showing big cities that transit-oriented development is possible. After a decade of planning between public transportation officials, developers, and a neighborhood organization, the Fruitvale T...

Yes! Magazine

Olivia Rosane

7 May 2018

London, England

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A team of London artists revitalized a town by turning an old World War II bomb site into a community garden. They joined forces with locals, who saw the garden as an opportunity to protect the space from being develo...

NMPolitics.net

Heath Haussaman

10 April 2018

Kingston, New Mexico, United States

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Without much support from local governments, unincorporated towns turn to personal connections to sustain themselves. In the towns of Kingston and Hillsboro, in southern New Mexico, residents cherish their social netw...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

2 March 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Fairhill, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia, voter turnout was a mere 12% in one recent election. Fairhill Neighbors, a coalition of neighborhood groups, is seeking to combat lower turnout rates with a personal...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

14 February 2018

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Eleanor Lee is one of many women leading the charge to restore the Granby neighborhood in Liverpool. The few households that remained inhabited after the neighborhood was forgotten came together and formed a community...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Katheryn Houghton

Lewis Kendall

11 February 2018

Belgrade, Montana, United States

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Belgrade, Montana, a city 12 miles outside of Bozeman, uses creative financing and revitalization to ensure its identity remains independent from its rapidly growing and ever-popular adjacent city. While many resident...

CityLab

Mimi Kirk

6 February 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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The diverse Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota is filled with immigrants from all over the world. However, warning signs of gentrification are hinting at rising home prices that threaten the affordability of...

Yes! Magazine

Araz Hachadourian

24 January 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Time-banking is a way of trading goods and skills using labor hours rather than cash. The system connects neighbors to fulfill each other’s needs, everything from bike repairs to cooking and cleaning. More than 2,000 ...

The Boulder Monitor

Jan Anderson

10 January 2018

Boulder, Montana, United States

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Boulder, Montana struggled upon learning that a major local employer, the Montana Developmental Center, was going to close. However, the news pushed the town toward a path of redevelopment. The Boulder Transition Advi...

The Boulder Monitor

Jan Anderson

10 January 2018

Boulder, Montana, United States

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Affordable housing often needs several solutions to make sufficient impact in a community. In Boulder, Montana, several groups and funding sources are working together to keep a diverse stock of affordable housing ava...

Yes! Magazine

Martha Pskowski

9 January 2018

San Agustín, Ecatepec, Mexico

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Abandoned buildings hold great potential. In Ecatepec, friends got together and transformed an empty commercial space into El Banco, a bustling hub of arts and recreation activities open all day for local kids and fam...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Allison Frost

Andrew Dorn

18 December 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Providing people with safety and stability can help to break the poverty cycle. In the Kenton neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, the Kenton Women’s Village provides shelter and support for homeless women. The community...

Model D

Aaron Mondry

11 December 2017

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Block clubs act as a more approachable way for residents of a certain area to come together, “and they’re also one of the most essential.” In several neighborhood of Detroit, block clubs have made impactful local chan...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

4 December 2017

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, Michigan, residents reduce the effects of gentrification through physical activity and shared storytelling. The non-profit Pedal to Porch encourages residents to bike to their neighbors’ homes and record t...

WTTW-PBS

Brandis Friedman

11 October 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Urban areas that have more trees tend to have lower crime rates, attracting more investment and have higher income levels. They also make neighborhoods nicer places to live so that’s why Blacks in Green, a community g...

Next City

Scott Atkinson

10 August 2017

Flint, Michigan, United States

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Instead of relying on Flint’s municipal government for basic services that it does not have the money for, residents are “picking up the slack” by joining block clubs. These community groups maintain parks, mow lawns,...

Grist

Nikhil Swaminathan

25 July 2017

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The Kansas City neighborhood of Ivanhoe was once plagued by blight, illegal dumping, drug trade, gun violence, and neglect; neighbors lived in fear or moved away. Inspired by one compassionate and proactive family, th...

Boulder Daily Camera

Carah Wertheimer

7 June 2017

Lafayette, Colorado, United States

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After taking a year off, the Lafayette Farmers Market in Colorado is back in action and piloting a new type of incentive program that is based on guaranteed-minimum sales for participating farmers. A first of its kind...

The Local

Emma Löfgren

7 June 2017

Malmö, Sweden

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The Seved district of Malmö, Sweden used to be one of the roughest in the nation, with drug crime and gang violence making the neighborhood uninhabitable for many and preventing basic services, such as the post, from ...

CityLab

Andrew Zaleski

2 June 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood with the highest poverty levels, struggles to keep kids in school from engaging with gangs and crime. But College Bound Dorchester (CBD) is fast rewriting the solution to high drop ...

Citiscope

Connor MacDonald

30 March 2017

Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar

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Years of misrule and a subsequent dearth of hard currency, along with crippling bank-fostered debt cycles and exorbitant home mortgage interest rates, have created immense suffering for Myanmar's poor. But with the gu...

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