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Jeremy Berke

28 July 2018

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Rotterdam’s new Floating Park showcases how recycling can be put to use. Litter traps collect plastic from the river to prevent it from going into the ocean. Then, the plastic is recycled into hexagonal pods that are ...

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Amy Yee

18 July 2018

Kigali, Rwanda

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In Rwanda, "Umuganda" is compulsory community service once a month—citizens 18-65 must all clean up their local community. The rule is enforced by police officers who may stop citizens and force them to work on the sp...

Yes! Magazine

Isabelle Morrison

25 June 2018

United States

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Manila Bay in the Philippines is covered in trash - more specifically discarded plastic waste that has been exported from the United States. Facing an imminent risk of the Bay (which many local fishers depend on) disa...

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...

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Nicole Spector

18 June 2018

Sweden

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Small changes to routine activities can have a large impact when everyone participates. Plogging, the act of picking up trash while jogging, is one such instance that has recently garnered widespread attention for its...

Bloomberg CityLab

Brentin Mock

1 June 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Toni Griffin has gained recognition for spreading the concept of “just cities,” an approach to urban planning that involves values, justice, and equity as priorities in any project. Now director of the Just City Lab a...

Yes! Magazine

J. Gabriel Ware

17 May 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Detroit Hives has a twofold mission of reducing urban blight and protecting bees. The nonprofit organization purchases low-cost vacant lots and transforms them into farms for bee hives. Its creative partnerships with ...

Next City

Serena Maria Daniels

2 May 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In an effort to brainstorm ideas to revitalize Detroit's West Riverfront Park, the city sent community members around the country to see what's working in other cities. After coming back with ideas, the community memb...

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Jonathan Walsh

9 April 2018

Canton, Ohio, United States

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The mayor’s office in Canton, Ohio recently implemented SeeClickFix, an app that allows local residents to share pictures of problems they see, such as potholes and abandoned cars. The complaints get added to a list f...

Bloomberg CityLab

Adina Solomon

20 March 2018

Clarkesville, Georgia, United States

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After a fire destroyed much of downtown Clarkesville, the city invested millions of dollars in properties to restore. Local government leaders sought feedback from community members, and the result was a revitalized d...

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Daniel J McGraw

19 March 2018

Euclid, Ohio, United States

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Lakefront homeowners in Euclid, Ohio didn't want to give up their land for public use until the city offered them a fair deal—the city will build a trail that reinforces the shoreline on their properties in exchange f...

Richland Source

Courtney McNaull

16 March 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

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Mount Vernon’s Ariel-Foundation Park is largely a success story of balancing historical preservation with recreational growth. The park sits where there used to be a glass manufacturing plant. Rather than hide this, t...

Richland Source

Tracy Geibel

8 March 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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It is often hard to build up cities when they are filled with blight. Three cities in Ohio are benefitting from America in Bloom, a program that gives awards based on community improvement initiatives. Already in Man...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

6 March 2018

Winchester, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Did you know that the main ingredient in most chewing gum is a synthetic rubber, which resembles a close relationship to plastic? "It's called polyisobutylene," explains Anna Bullus, a British designer, "the same stuf...

Christian Science Monitor

Sophie Davies

5 March 2018

Milan, Italy

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A new investment project, worth almost 11.4 million euro, is creating public green spaces in concrete jungles across Europe. The projects include green roofs, parks, street trees, and more, all worked on in collaborat...

Next City

Amanda Arnold

1 March 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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All around the world there is a trend for pop-ups to take over empty spaces and give the spaces meaning for a short period of time. For instance, in a time when capitalism dominates society, the Museum of Capitalism f...

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...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

14 February 2018

Liverpool, England

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To combat neighborhood neglect, a group of community members in Granby, a Liverpool neighborhood, took matters into their own hands by creating a community land trust. The land trust raised funds to reconstruct homes ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sara Schonhardt

7 February 2018

Santa Catarina Palopó, Guatemala

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In Guatemala, women are challenging traditional gender norms by playing a growing leadership role in their communities. Specifically, they are leading an initiative to paint local homes with patterns from indigenous w...

Bloomberg CityLab

Natalie Daher

7 February 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Dozens of basketball courts around the United States have received a beautiful and functional make-over. Project Backboard cleans, fixes, and beautifies outdoor basketball courts, effectively revitalizing the social p...

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...

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Max Rust

27 December 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Certain cities in the United States are facing startlingly high rates of homicide and violence that haven't been seen since the height of gang activity in the 1990s. But certain cities, including Los Angeles, have con...

NPR

Laurel Wamsley

5 December 2017

Les Trois-Moutiers, France

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Dartagnans is a French crowdfunding platform that aims to use crowdfunding as a way to protect the “cultural heritage” of France. Most recently, a fundraiser for a historic castle succeeded in raising 500,000 euros, w...

Governing

Laurie Mazur

31 October 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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On average, one in three Americans don't live within ten minutes of a park. That percentage is even lower for low-income people and people of color. Because parks often can lead to better health for both individuals a...

The New York Times

Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura

28 October 2017

Gisenyi, Rwanda

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Plastic bag litter is a serious problem across Africa and around the world, choking waterways, killing livestock and wildlife when ingested, and causing environmental damage. Rwanda is one of the few nations in the wo...

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