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The New York Times

Matt Flegenheimer

12 May 2014

Stockholm, Sweden

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The rate of roadway deaths in Sweden is at an international low due to an approach called Vision Zero. Now the country’s approach faces perhaps its stiffest test: the streets of New York City.

MSNBC

Elissa Curtis

Trymaine Lee

8 April 2014

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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S.O.S Crown Heights (Save Our Streets) employs the Cure Violence method developed in Chicago during the '90s, in which "violence interrupters" are used to build relationships with a neighborhood's most at-risk youths ...

Politico Magazine

Cassie Walker Burke

3 April 2014

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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Huge numbers of students lack the chance to go to college because of financial problems. Recently, Kalamazoo schools received more funding allowing them to have the chance to help and pay for students to then go to co...

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The Economist

26 February 2014

Sweden

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Sweden's "Vision Zero" program has used a comprehensive approach to infrastructure and regulation to drastically reduce traffic-related deaths, making Swedish roads the safest in the world.

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 broke down the city into blocks. Inspectors were able to quickly identify all the violations and fix them with no changes in their budget.

The Guardian

David Parr

18 February 2014

Tokyo, Japan

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The twenty-first century city is a complex organism, and simulating it to anticipate traffic and transportation congestions can be problematic for urban planning. Researchers around the world from Japan to England hav...

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

Stan Diel

14 February 2014

Camden, Alabama, United States

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The “Wilcox Works!” initiative aims to help lift an entire county out of poverty - overcoming generations of mistrust, racism, cronyism and bad luck - by bringing a collection of training and social service programs t...

The New York Times

Georgia Levenson Keohane

12 February 2014

New York, New York, United States

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, necessity has bred an interesting kind of financial invention for the New York MTA: the world’s first “catastrophe” bond - a reinsurance for the insurer - designed to protect public tr...

The New York Times

Laura Pappano

5 February 2014

United States

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As creativity has increasingly become a marketable skill (in 2011 and 2012 "creative" was the most common word found on LinkedIn profiles), colleges are starting to formally build it into the curriculum with undergra...

Politico Magazine

Glenn Thrush

4 February 2014

Pittsburgh, United States

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Post-industrial cities can re-platform their economies by fostering institutions that drive innovation and attract both financial and human capital. By promoting long-term collaboration between universities, cultural ...

Triple Pundit

Mary Mazzoni

30 January 2014

Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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The commercially-based Wind for Prosperity initiative may have devised a solution to meet growing demands for electricity in developing economies, where fossil fuels are expensive, difficult to access, and take a toll...

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Tina Rosenberg

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15 January 2014

Michigan, United States

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Lotteries aren’t usually considered part of the solution to a savings crisis experienced across America, particularly by the nation's poor, but with more hopefuls purchasing lottery tickets than setting aside rainy da...

National Journal

Clare Foran

9 January 2014

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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The unemployment crisis is a hard thing to solve - businesses sometimes have no choice but to let workers go. An innovative program tries to prevent joblessness by temporarily paying a portion of workers’ salaries at ...

Urban Institute

Carlos Martín

19 December 2013

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Federal spending on utilities and repairs in public housing across the country has spiked dramatically, leaving system resources drained and creating a heavy burden for taxpayers to bear. Investments in energy efficie...

Minnesota Public Radio

Jennifer Vogel

Dave Peters

15 November 2013

International Falls, Minnesota, United States

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The company that is the biggest source of good-paying jobs in the northern Minnesota community of International Falls has cut more than 200 positions from its workforce. So the town of 6,400 is absorbing the economic ...

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...

CityLab

Eric Jaffe

21 October 2013

Utah, United States

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In the 1990s, Utah residents spoke out against a proposed light rail system. Just two decades later, the TRAX light rail system was completed early and under budget, with abundant community support. The Utah Transit ...

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Stephanie Capper

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20 October 2013

Kilis, Turkey

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Instead of outsourcing workers the International Blue Crescent relief agency, and Jordan's al-Zaatari cams, is employing Syrian refugees as teachers, doctors, and nurses. The aim is to create a self-sustainable refuge...

East Bay Times

Emily Constance

14 October 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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Disadvantaged individuals can often have difficulty finding employment due to lack of job training and references. A free 12-week program offers intensive culinary training at St. Vincent de Paul kitchen along with ot...

CityLab

Clare Foran

6 September 2013

Vienna, Australia

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Gender mainstreaming is the practice of creating “laws, rules and regulations that benefit men and women equally. The goal is to provide equal access to city resources.” Since the 90s the city of Vienna has adopted th...

The New York Times

Courtney Balestier

6 August 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In 2013, Detroit filed for bankruptcy because of a poor economy. While the city’s industrial businesses have floundered, the art scene has thrived, bringing in new sources of income through art galleries and investmen...

The Guardian

Rowan Moore

3 August 2013

London, United Kingdom

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Pop-ups, temporary constructions intended to enliven public places, can often be used as temporary structures and events as marketing tools, and as camouflage for their larger and less charming permanent developments....

Next City

Sarah Goodyear

22 July 2013

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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For the past three years, water levels in the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer have decreased to uncomfortable levels and drought periods may continue as the population booms. The San Antonio Water System organization has ...

USA Today

Laura Baverman

21 July 2013

Antigua, Guatemala

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Development work is evolving beyond short-term mission trips and one-off donations into a more comprehensive, in-depth model that addresses long-term sustainability of a solution paired with empowerment of those being...

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