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Republican American

Michael Puffer

3 June 2019

Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

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After years of developmental stagnancy, the city of Waterbury, Connecticut puts into action a way for developers to renew buildings without having to take financial responsibility for previous owners' environmental wa...

Pacific Standard

David A. King

22 May 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In the uncertain, ever-shifting landscape of new technology startups trying to change urban mobility, city officials need to prioritize two criteria: mobility policy must promote equity and ensure that options are ava...

The Guardian

Angelique Chrisafis

20 May 2019

Mulhouse, France

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Mulhouse, a small city in France, brushed off its negative reputation and used community networking, clever financing, and urban renewal as tools to become a bustling center once again. The town relied on many communi...

Richland Source

Tracy Geibel

17 May 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Mansfield, Ohio leaders look to cities across the country for inspiration from successes - and lessons from failures - to help them rebuild their downtown brand. From Austin, Texas, to Fargo, South Dakota, these succe...

The Guardian

Elle Hunt

14 May 2019

Vienna, Austria

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Vienna, Austria uses a tactic called "gender mainstreaming" to ensure that urban planning equally takes into account lives of women and men around the city. While architecture and urban planning have traditionally bee...

Oakland North

Katey Rusch

14 May 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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The city of Oakland reviewed the process for distributing city funds in order to efficiently address equity in community projects. Oakland officials and community members created a scoring system that ranks each proj...

Apolitical

Eve Livingston

13 May 2019

Delhi, India

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Recent efforts to bring a gender perspective, especially a feminist one, to urban planning are making cities safer and more inclusive. One Indian app called SafetiPin crowdsources ratings of public spaces based on var...

The New York Times

Richard Schiffman

10 May 2019

New York, United States

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In the United States, most playgrounds are equipped with the same types of monkey bars, slides and swings, but a few are replacing these typical options with "dismembered store mannequins, wooden packing crates, tires...

WBBM-TV

Vince Gerasole

8 May 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The focus on sound comes at a time when open kitchens and industrial hard-surface designs entice diners’ eyes, but might strain their ears.

The New York Times

Tom Acitelli

30 April 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To bridge the gap between the growing demand for co-working office spaces and the downfall of retail malls, developers across the nation convert abandoned storefronts into public work space for freelancers, entreprene...

The Guardian

Paula Hardy

30 April 2019

Venice, Italy

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Sustainable initiatives around Venice, Italy tackle the growing number of tourists flooding into the city each year. From waste management strategies to the implementation of resources to drive tourists to locally own...

CityLab

Jason Plautz

30 April 2019

Westminster, Colorado, United States

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Haunted by a 1962 drought in the town of Westminster, Colorado, the city's planners now incorporate water data in their planning processes to ensure that they never face the same sourcing issues again. By breaking dow...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

26 April 2019

Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

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Fort Wayne, Indiana follows the national trend that transforms old abandoned buildings into new economic powerhouses by converting what was once the massive GE campus into a mixed space of residential, business and re...

NationSwell

Jaime Buerger

19 April 2019

New York, New York, United States

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After successful reports from countries around the world about the positive effects of congestion pricing, New York City looks to charge drivers in the most congested areas of the city in order to reduce traffic and e...

Vox

David Roberts

11 April 2019

Barcelona, Spain

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The implementation of "superblocks," or large areas of urban space dedicated to pedestrian & bike multi-use traffic and the unification of urban and rural living benefits, helped one Spanish city reduce automotive tra...

Vox

David Roberts

9 April 2019

Barcelona, Spain

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Calming traffic reduces noise and brings new public spaces to urban neighborhoods. Across Barcelona, Spain, neighborhoods designated as superblocks—where through traffic is prohibited—now serve as shared-use spaces. E...

Adweek

Doug Zanger

25 March 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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FlexLA, a local rideshare program in Los Angeles, offers discounted and even free rides for folks looking for affordable alternatives to Lyft and Uber. While the battle to stand out among transportation behemoths prov...

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

22 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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New York City plans to close the eight jail complex located on Rikers Island and replace it with a series of four smaller, community-integrated facilities in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. While the admin...

National Post

Charles Montgomery

Tristan Cleveland

22 March 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Cities around the world take an unconventional yet effective approach to combat poverty: measuring happiness. Cities like Vancouver, British Columbia have found success in building personal relationships among the eco...

Quartz

Karen Hao

20 March 2019

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Creating sustainable buildings requires rethinking many of the norms in construction and city planning. The Center for Sustainable Landscapes, part of the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Bruce Katz

Ross Baird

14 March 2019

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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Access Ventures, a community development organization founded in a Louisville neighborhood, uses a comprehensive investment approach that encourages funds to be dispersed in all issue areas. Instead of creating one "a...

National Geographic

Robert Kunzig

14 March 2019

Hamburg, Germany

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The sustainable city of the future involves public transit and a revitalized downtown - at least, that’s the common thread between what five cities are working towards across the globe. Los Angeles, Atlanta, Shanghai,...

Pacific Standard

Laura Bliss

9 March 2019

Everett, Massachusetts, United States

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The implementation of "tactical transit lanes," or bus-only lanes, has allowed for decreased commute times for both buses and drivers in cities across the country. Many cities, like Everett, Massachusetts, choose to c...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

7 March 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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A new park plan in Washington, D.C. addresses systemic racism and inequity in current city infrastructure, digging deeper than traditional urban planning landscapes. The new plan takes into account perspectives from m...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

6 March 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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As Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County seeks to transform how it handles young offenders, it looks to New York City as a model for change. In New York, the city has shifted its focus from large, state-run facilities to commu...

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