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The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

23 October 2019

Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

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Pennsylvania law is preventing a Philadelphia neighborhood from converting an empty lot into a solar farm, but community members are working to fight against this by citing neighboring states that are seeing positive ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jason Wilson

17 October 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Bees and other pollinator populations have been rapidly declining, threatening food production nationwide, but urban beekeeping is helping to fight against this trajectory. In Philadelphia, rooftop beekeeping has beco...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

17 October 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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A plan to redesign Market Street in San Francisco uses a controversial approach used by cities around the world: eliminating personal cars entirely. This bicycle, pedestrian and bus-oriented layout approach reduces tr...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Christine McLaren

17 October 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore has become a leader in maintaining and growing the city’s trees by monitoring their health more closely. Using a new mapping technique, city officials can analyze its current tree canopy and see how it affec...

The Washington Post

Steven Mufson

16 October 2019

Doha, Qatar

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In Qatar, where temperatures have reached unbearably high degrees, an engineering professor at Qatar University has designed a way to provide air conditioning to the outdoors. Although the method is arguably not a sol...

Mosaic Science

Fleur MacDonald

15 October 2019

Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow continues to learn from its systemic failure in urban planning during and after the industrial revolution by redesigning its living spaces to be separated from industrial areas, and by including nature and gre...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 October 2019

Sweden

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To get input on city design plans from citizens without any technical knowledge, some city planners are turning to Minecraft, an easy-to-use computer game that allows users to build in a three dimensional environment....

Reasons to be Cheerful

Will Doig

11 October 2019

Pontevedra, Spain

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In Pontevedra, Spain, the city has taken incremental action to reduce cars and congestion in the city center. As the city is small and walkable on foot, walking has become the foremost transportation option, not throu...

The Boston Globe

Jon Chesto

9 October 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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In 2016, MIT’s Transit Lab made huge changes in the transportation benefits it provided, including subsidizing public transportation for close to 11,000 employees and increasing the costs of employee parking. As small...

U.S. News & World Report

Laurie Mazur

8 October 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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To combat excessive flooding in low-plain areas, cities like Charlotte are passing critical legislation that regulates fill-and-build development, a type of construction that leads to more intense flooding in vulnerab...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

7 October 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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In order to cut back on automotive emissions and traffic within the city center, Amsterdam has introduced road-dividing "cuts" - called "knips" in Dutch - along major roadways to make travel in the city center easier ...

Wall Street Journal

Ruth Simon

Kris Maher

7 October 2019

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

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Erie, Pennsylvania, uses creative financial incentives for companies and businesses that invest capital gains in low-income areas of the city in order to pull itself out of economic hardship caused by the decrease in ...

CityLab

Norman Garrick

30 September 2019

Zurich, Switzerland

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In Zurich, Switzerland, urban planners designed streets that put pedestrians and streetcar riders first as an effort to cut back on car usage and promote sustainable transportation. While cars are limited to one lane ...

CityLab

Laura Laker

27 September 2019

London, England

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In an effort to promote safe streets and bicycle and pedestrian safety, Officials in Tower Hamlets, an East London neighborhood, closed down a main community road to car traffic - and it didn't go well. But local offi...

The Sprawl

Hadeel Abdel-Nabi

24 September 2019

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Though Calgary already goes further than some cities in the public transportation sphere by offering a free-fare downtown zone, other cities that offer free transportation -- often through added taxes -- have seen dra...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Krista Johnson

20 September 2019

Woodlawn, Alabama, United States

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Eighteen "purpose built communities" across America have revitalized neighborhoods through a comprehensive approach that includes building mixed-income housing, providing better educational opportunities and offering ...

The Connecticut Mirror

Jan Ellen Spiegel

18 September 2019

Meriden, Connecticut, United States

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Climate change adaptation efforts and economic development can go hand in hand, according to one Connecticut town. Meriden transformed a former mall into a large park, a natural solution that helps mitigate the town's...

WRAL-TV

Richard Adkins

17 September 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Eastern North Carolina -- an area increasingly affected by flooding from hurricanes -- looks to Tulsa for long-term, financially sustainable solutions to routine flooding. Tulsa's comprehensive approach includes regul...

Belt Magazine

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

13 September 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Working toward environmental justice takes organizing on the community level. In Detroit, the Women of Empowerment promote resilience against the adverse effects of climate change on the city’s east side by spearheadi...

Yale Environment 360

Jim Morrison

12 September 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Researchers are using citizen science volunteers to more accurately identify hot spots in cities, where some temperatures are significantly higher than their surrounding areas. The data has also shown that there is a ...

The Daily Climate

Laurie Mazur

29 August 2019

Missoula, Montana, United States

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Adapting to climate change takes planning and partnerships. In Missoula, Montana, partnerships with nonprofits like Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) and Climate Smart Missoula reinforce the city’s climate planning. TEX c...

Republican American

Ethan Fry

Amanda Cuda

26 August 2019

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Springfield, Massachusetts leaned into urban renewal and public-private partnerships to keep their local economy alive amid the manufacturing downfall. Now, Bridgeport - a town of similar size and economic fate - look...

NationSwell

Hallie Steiner

26 August 2019

Austin, Texas, United States

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A tiny home and RV community outside of Austin, Texas does more than house the homeless; it provides community and economic independence. With backing from local business, nonprofits, and religious institutions, Comm...

WCAU-TV

Matt Delucia

26 August 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Storing solar energy improves the resilience of public transportation systems to disruptions in the energy grid. With the potential of extreme heat or weather conditions to cause issues in the reliability of electrica...

Nonprofit Quarterly

Nathanial Smith

Tina Anderson Smith

Elizabeth Sawin

22 August 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A collaboration between an Atlanta-based nonprofit and an international climate organization sparked the Just Growth Circle, an initiative that brings topics like racial equity, economic justice, and climate change to...

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