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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...

The New Yorker

Paige Williams

20 May 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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It turns out goats may be the answer to addressing invasive species. In Manhattan’s Riverside Park, a herd of goats were hired to to eat weeds, ivy, and nonnative species in an attempt to restore the balance of the ec...

Richland Source

Tracy Geibel

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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...

Mongabay

Dilrukshi Handunnetti

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15 May 2019

Moratuwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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What was once the garbage dump of a clothing company in Sri Lanka is now the site of an urban butterfly garden. Dilmah Conservation and naturalist Rajika Gamage created the open air garden in 2011 to conserve endanger...

Half Moon Bay Review

Libby Leyden

15 May 2019

San Mateo, California, United States

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San Mateo County’s coastside residents have created their own, volunteer-based disaster response system. Considering that they make up just 5% of the county’s population, and are just as much at risk for natural disas...

Firstpost

Sunaina Kumar

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13 May 2019

Punjab, India

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With the support of the Samaj committee, a local NGO, more and more Punjabi communities are downsizing their weddings. The events are traditionally expensive affairs, signifying pride and status, but for many, they ar...

NBC News

Erin Evans

11 May 2019

United States

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Community organizing groups around the country have mobilized to get black mothers out of prison. The initiative #FreeBlackMamas has raised over $1 million dollars in donations since 2017 and comes as a growing respon...

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

Katherine Webb-Hehn

8 May 2019

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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From city-wide efforts to faith-based interventions to public health approaches, the city of Birmingham, Alabama is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to ending gun violence in the city. The city has been deeply aff...

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...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

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30 April 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an intertribal women-led organization that is working to reclaim ownership of land in the Bay Area that Ohlone people have lived on for centuries. They regained access to the land through ...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

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23 April 2019

United States

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For people wanting to dispose of their firearms, RAWtools offers a unique opportunity. Understanding that the process can be challenging and emotional, they recycle weapons into gardening tools through their Swords to...

Mongabay

John C. Cannon

22 April 2019

Luangwa Valley, Zambia

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In the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia, a conservation team worked with local communities to bring the rate of elephant poaching in the area down to zero in 2018. Poaching had surged in the Luangwa Valley in 201...

KSHB-TV

Kevin Holmes

16 April 2019

Independence, Missouri, United States

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The Independence, Missouri police department is taking an empathy-first approach to homelessness in the city. Instead of making arrests for trespassing or other crimes associated with homelessness, police officers wor...

Vox

Gina Barton

Christophe Haubursin

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12 April 2019

Halden, Norway

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Halden Prison in Norway has re-designed itself so that the look and feel of prison life isn’t an added punishment to restricted freedom. Designers took into consideration the role campus design plays in promoting or d...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Meghan Mangrum

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11 April 2019

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Chattanooga’s Times Free Press convened community leaders from across the city to discuss gun violence. Beyond exploring the many forces causing gun violence, like toxic masculinity and social media, the forum provide...

Yes! Magazine

Keith Griffith

9 April 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Stand With Dignity, a grassroots, community organizing group in New Orleans, has coordinated warrant clinics for those driving with suspended licenses. These clinics have forgiven $2 million worth of traffic fines and...

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...

Next City

Emily Nonko

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8 April 2019

California, United States

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Sherriff’s offices can provide resources and encourage underserved communities and communities struck hard by disinvestment to grow their civic capacity. In Alameda County, California, the county Sherriff’s office ope...

The Augusta Chronicle

Roslyn Joseph

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6 April 2019

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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Dr. Angie’s Dental Health Exchange is bringing equitable dental care to the South Bend, Indiana community by offering free exams in exchange for good deeds. Catering to community members that may not be able to financ...

Shareable

Dan Hancox

5 April 2019

London, United Kingdom

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An organization in London called the Participatory City Foundation funds projects and initiatives that give local control to residents and inspire economic and social equity. One such project, "Every One, Every Day,"a...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

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5 April 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Encouraging people to repair their broken items is an important step toward reducing consumer-generated waste. The Repair Cafe Foundation, a nonprofit based in the Netherlands, helps volunteers open their own repair c...

PBS NewsHour

Marcia Biggs

30 March 2019

Rivera Hernandez, Honduras

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Residents of Rivera Hernandez, Honduras are trying to improve their community in a district that’s under gang control. One such effort is a vocational school to train children and adults in electricity and solar energ...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Andrew J. Yawn

29 March 2019

Geiger, Alabama, United States

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In rural Alabama, where the nearest grocery store can be more than 20 miles, residents are finding that robust community gardens are helping to improve general wellness. Even beyond offering free and healthy meals to ...

KUNM

Marisa Demarco

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28 March 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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After years of asking the city of Albuquerque to light their streets, the community group, Light the District has started doing it on their own. Recognizing that unlit streets can lead to crime and injuries, the group...

The New York Times

Ellie Shechet

25 March 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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Horticulture therapy uses relaxation and mindfulness to reduce stress, and even assist in recovery. While the application of horticultural activities and gardening in clinical therapy has existed for over a century, m...

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