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WTTW-PBS

Brandis Friedman

11 October 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Urban areas that have more trees tend to have lower crime rates, attracting more investment and have higher income levels. They also make neighborhoods nicer places to live so that’s why Blacks in Green, a community g...

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Josh Cohen

25 September 2017

Wichita, Kansas, United States

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While the passage of the Arkansas River through downtown Wichita is a natural place for activity, it took attractions to get people to come. The ArkArt project developed art installations along the river beautifying t...

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Scott Atkinson

10 August 2017

Flint, Michigan, United States

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Instead of relying on Flint’s municipal government for basic services that it does not have the money for, residents are “picking up the slack” by joining block clubs. These community groups maintain parks, mow lawns,...

Grist

Nikhil Swaminathan

25 July 2017

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The Kansas City neighborhood of Ivanhoe was once plagued by blight, illegal dumping, drug trade, gun violence, and neglect; neighbors lived in fear or moved away. Inspired by one compassionate and proactive family, th...

AzerNews

Amina Nazarli

24 June 2017

Azerbaijan

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Students are paving the path for a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future in Azerbaijan. In a state that doesn't sort its garbage, this group of student-volunteers started "Papillon," a project aimed at...

The Guardian

Rowan Moore

19 May 2017

Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul’s new Skygarden has succeeded in transforming an old highway into an urban garden meant to connect different parts of the city. It is one aspect of a broader urban revitalization plan that includes the appointme...

Politico

Erick Trickey

18 May 2017

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In just three years, Detroit carried out an ambitious $185 million project to re-illuminate the city's 88,000 streetlights, half of which were dark, with new energy-efficient LED lights. Through its new Public Lightin...

Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

16 February 2017

Essen, Germany

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Essen has a very industrial past but due to private and public efforts it has become Europe's 2017 "green capital". The city has converted industrial buildings into places for art, wastewater is being diverted from th...

Christian Science Monitor

Atul Bhattarai

18 December 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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For years, campaigns to clean Nepal's polluted Bagmati River resulted in failure. Now with police and government backing, the organization Safai Abhiyaan is in its third year, attracting hundreds of volunteers who are...

Citiscope

Patralekha Chatterjee

17 November 2016

Mysuru, India

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Mysuru has become a gleaming example for solutions to India's vaster struggles with solid-waste management, toilet construction, sanitation strategy, public outreach, and other measures. The city uses a decentralized ...

The New York Times

Winnie Hu

11 August 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Even though natural parks are in close proximity to New York City’s metropolitan hub, many are inaccessible and overlooked areas for recreation and sport. Conservation groups, including the Natural Areas Conservancy a...

Vox

Johnny Harris

1 August 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Favelas, what some people might perceive as gang-filled slums surrounding the developed part of Rio de Janeiro, are in fact brimming with creative resilience that demonstrates the ingenuity of people in the face of a ...

Jackson Free Press

Tim Summers, Jr.

25 May 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Jackson PD's Community Improvement division has been charged with destroying dangerous, dilapidated houses in low income neighborhoods, even though many are state-owned. In a resources-strapped city, where blight cont...

99% Invisible

Avery Trufelman

17 May 2016

Taipei, Taiwan

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Garbage is an ever-mounting issue in cities around the world, as emerging economies adopt the single-use consumerism habits of the West and disposal of solid waste material becomes increasingly problematic. The city o...

Bloomberg CityLab

Scott Latta

8 March 2016

Jefferson, Alabama, United States

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In Alabama’s largest city, a story of economic confidence in an unlikely place.

Citizen Matters

Shree D N

16 February 2016

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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While laws and regulations banning the use of plastic bags and wrappers lag in the government, neighborhoods within the city of Bengaluru (Bangalore) have taken it upon themselves to remove wasteful plastic from their...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

2 February 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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An Albuquerque program pays panhandlers to clean up city trash—and gets them needed help, pairing city services with a jobs program.

Cosmopolitan

Jill Filipovic

6 January 2016

Puthol, Rajasthan, India

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Daughter, water, trees: A simple strategy to address ecological and gender concerns. Since 2007, villagers in Piplantri have embraced Paliwal's the ethos by planting 111 saplings every time a girl is born.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Gillian McGoldrick

17 December 2015

London, United Kingdom

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A London nonprofit adopts a filthy city street to find ways to discourage litter, succeeding by using humor, graphic design, and citizen engagement. Creativity proves effective in cleaning up the streets.

The Shreveport Times

Lex Talamo

29 November 2015

Shreveport, Louisiana, United States

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Shreveport, Louisiana, faces blight. New Orleans decreased blight by 30 percent by creating an authority for the task, using technology to collect data, and providing residents with information and help.

Yes! Magazine

Araz Hachadourian

26 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-...

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Mike Lydon

20 April 2015

Dallas, Texas, United States

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A Dallas urban neighborhood was dilapidated with abandoned storefronts and offered no vitality for pedestrians. A group of artists and community members created Build a Better Block, in which local artisans and small...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jennifer Hattam

10 February 2015

İzmir, Turkey

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An absence of public infrastructure and park space hasn't stopped the people of Izmir, Turkey from gathering in and enjoying the outdoors. Now a few clever and creative individuals are helping teach their communities ...

Politico

Erica Peterson

9 December 2014

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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Although residents turn up their air conditioners, Louisville heat is increasing the city’s death rate by 39 people every year. The city mayor launched a tree commission for planting more trees and since 2011 has plan...

San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

28 June 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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San Francisco’s chronically homeless population remains staggeringly high. Salt Lake City has managed to eradicate much of their chronically homeless by geographically placing supportive housing distant from the city’...

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