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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,...

Governing

Graham Vyse

12 March 2019

Vermont, United States

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Across the country, and particularly in states with no paid leave laws, state agencies are allowing new parents to bring infants to the workplace. While the change has been welcomed, critics don't believe it goes far ...

CityLab

Tanvi Misra

12 March 2019

Medellín, Colombia

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City planners and governments often overlook culture when trying to rebuild cities blighted by war, disasters, or other types of urban distress. But not Medellín, Colombia. After the drug trade made Medellín a violent...

The Notebook

Melanie Bavaria

11 March 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A Philadelphia program to provide free pre-school, specifically targeting those from low-income families, is showing preliminary results that it improves wellness and employment, despite roadblocks from lawsuits regar...

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Valerie Vande Panne

11 March 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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When big box stores shutter, communities can suffer: vacant buildings deter investment and sites can encourage vandalism and other crimes. Because demolishing the stores can prove prohibitively expensive, three cities...

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...

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Oscar Perry Abello

7 March 2019

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, 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...

Twin Falls Times-News

Laurie Welch

7 March 2019

Burley, Idaho, United States

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Facing labor shortages, Idaho is seeing a new wave of apprenticeship programs for high school students. Through the Student to Registered Apprentice Program, participants complete a class and on-the-job training while...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

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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...

Yes! Magazine

Melody Warnick

6 March 2019

Elkin, North Carolina, United States

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A rural town in North Carolina brings community members together to foster a welcoming environment, both for the community itself and for outside visitors. The town, Elkin, created a program that trains engaged locals...

Durango Herald

Jonathan Romeo

6 March 2019

Durango, Colorado, United States

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In southeastern Colorado, the Good Food Collective is piloting new initiatives to help small-scale farmers fill the labor shortages. With grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they’re looking at what ...

Los Angeles Times

Jessica Roy

5 March 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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SimCity, a popular simulation game created in 1989, inspired a generation of future city planners with its ability to make urban design accessible and fun, While the simulations have their inconsistencies with real li...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

4 March 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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A community in North Amsterdam tackles the issue of rising water levels head on by building homes that can float. The houses are built to include solar energy grids using blockchain so neighbors can share electricity,...

The New York Times

Michael Kimmelman

1 March 2019

London, England, United Kingdom

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It takes political will to create mixed-income housing and manage the social impacts of gentrification. In contrast to New York, the London borough of Hackney has taken steps to fix its housing crisis by putting the i...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

1 March 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Rather than go through extensive urban planning processes to improve bus commute times, cities across the United States are simply relying on paint and human behavior to create dedicated bus lanes. Denver, Seattle, Sa...

Next City

Larisa Ortiz

1 March 2019

Corning, New York, United States

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A planning expert dives into responses from cities around the country to the infrastructural red tape faced by many brick-and-mortar retail businesses in the wake of an ecommerce boom. In Corning, NY, city officials c...

The Watch

Amy Peters

28 February 2019

Nucla, Colorado, United States

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With the help of the nonprofit West End Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC), communities in Southwest Colorado use creative financing and collective action to rebuild their economies after the downfall of the coa...

CityLab

Jennifer Hattam

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26 February 2019

Istanbul, Turkey

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A card game called Imaginable Guidelines offers a medium of shared vocabulary and collaboration that allows community members to easily talk about city planning. Played in cities around Turkey, Imaginable Guidelines a...

The Christian Science Monitor

Patrik Jonsson

25 February 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Police departments across the United States are implementing strategies and reforms in response to the growing number of unsolved criminal cases. With cold cases often linked to declined trust in police and the underm...

The Huffington Post

Adam Forrest

25 February 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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To encourage commuters to shift from driving to biking, cities across Europe have tried out a mileage fee earned for commuting via bicycle, often tax-free. Leaders are learning this needs to be coupled with other ince...

The New York Times

Kerry Hannon

22 February 2019

United States

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Community colleges, equipped with retrofitted trailers, are offering on-site training to mid- to late-career professionals, providing them with a convenient chance to keep their skills up-to-date in the face of rapidl...

Colorado Public Radio

Ryan Warner

22 February 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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With community support from a network of neighborhood volunteers and financial support from a local business, the Bike Streets Project makes biking more accessible for those “interested, but concerned” about road safe...

The New York Times

Matthew Desmond

21 February 2019

Emeryville, United States

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Economists have often debated the positives of a higher minimum wage in the United States as a matter of productivity, profits, and losses but in this article, Matthew Desmond explores another way that the success of...

The New York Times

Susan Dominus

21 February 2019

Santa Monica, United States

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For many people with autism, the modern workplace does not accommodate different needs and workplace etiquette is an artificial barrier to being able to get the job done. Auticon is a U.S. based company that has creat...

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