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Tanvi Misra

8 August 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle residents receive cash vouchers to contribute to local campaigns of their choosing. The taxpayer-funded program aims to broaden political participation and counter the influence of big donors. The idea is spre...

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John Surico

6 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Revel, a new electric scooter startup, is taking Brooklyn by storm. In an era of increasing shared mobility options, the e-scooter is carving out its niche as a faster option than bikes but a more accessible option th...

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Linda Poon

30 July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a study has found that turning vacant lots into parks and green spaces helped reduce rates of depression in the poorest neighborhoods. These findings complement previous evidence that providing access...

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Nolan Gray

26 July 2018

United States

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Manufactured housing—including trailer homes and tiny houses—is a low-cost, small-footprint way to increase affordable housing. However, strict zoning requirements and even outright bans limit its impact.

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Megan Kimble

25 July 2018

Vail, Arizona, United States

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A rural school district in Arizona is building a village of tiny houses for its teachers, who cannot afford to live in the district because of low salaries and high home prices. The tiny houses are being built on dist...

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Ludwig Hurtado

24 July 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In 2014, the California legislature passed legislation to create the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones (UAIZ), offering tax breaks to landowners to turn their vacant lots into community farms. However, the legislation...

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Mary Hui

20 July 2018

Hong Kong, China

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Excessive noise, particularly from street performers, can sound the demise of pedestrian zones. After 18 years, Sai Yeung Choi Street South will reopen to cars. Another solution could have been better noise regulation...

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Hallie Golden

18 July 2018

Duvall, Washington, United States

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To control costs. create stability and maintain community, residents of mobile home parks are teaming up to create co-ops and buy the land their homes sit on from their landlords. More than 200 mobile home parks have...

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Haniya Rae

14 July 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Tiny homes, proposed across the world as a solution to housing problems, come in many forms. Baltimore is trying its own model. A creative partnership under the non-profit Civic Works is connecting people who want aff...

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Lynn Freehill-Maye

13 July 2018

Miami, Florida, United States

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Redesigning an alley expands commercial space and brings life to a city. Long-neglected side streets across the United States are getting makeovers both by citizens and developers. Miami’s Jade Alley is a particularly...

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Jaime Velazquez

13 July 2018

Madrid, Spain

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With a little strategic planning, cities can nurture biodiversity in the urban environment. “Sometimes, small actions can bring incredible results,” says Antonio Morcillo, deputy director for conservation of green are...

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Jason Plautz

9 July 2018

Fresno, California, United States

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Spurred by growing health concerns related to air quality, companies and communities have turned attention to creating affordable, portable air-quality sensors. This new development allows citizens to monitor air qual...

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Kriston Capps

5 July 2018

Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

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Takoma Park’s youth council may be the most powerful teen legislature in the nation. The city was the first to lower the voting age to 16 years old, so council members are not only communicating youth perspectives but...

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Linda Poon

26 June 2018

Mönchengladbach, Germany

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Bus Simulator 18 is an online game that was released by a Germany company, and it helps players grapple with the challenges of operating a public bus system. Players run the bus company and need to make money while fo...

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Teresa Mathew

18 June 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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A Facebook messenger app allows people to record their interactions with police and include their own age, race and gender, location and how they felt about the incident, so that collectively these individual stories ...

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Ben Ikenson

14 June 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A new trend is transforming old motels into new affordable housing units. NewLife Homes, a real estate group, first turned the Sundowner motel in Albuquerque into apartment units reserved for low-income people, former...

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Feargus O'Sullivan

6 June 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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Swamped by short-term vacation rentals, Barcelona pushed Airbnb to share data with government officials and help ensure that only licensed properties are listed on the site. The agreement offers a model for how other ...

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Brentin Mock

1 June 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Toni Griffin has gained recognition for spreading the concept of “just cities,” an approach to urban planning that involves values, justice, and equity as priorities in any project. Now director of the Just City Lab a...

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Feargus O'Sullivan

23 May 2018

London, United Kingdom

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Public Practice is the name of a new London social enterprise that is placing top urban planners in local government authorities. The program aims to incorporate skilled urban planners in essential city tasks: buildin...

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Allan Richarz

22 May 2018

Japan

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Rail transport is a necessity for many commuters around the world. Japan's transportation industry has found a way to improve this means of transport by implementing subtle behavioral psychology mechanisms. From blue ...

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Laura Bliss

17 May 2018

College Park, Maryland, United States

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In order for alternatives to driving to be widely adopted, accurate information about service and arrival times needs to be accesible. To fill this need, applications providing bus routes and arrival times are being d...

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Anthony Flint

11 May 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In Boston, one solution to homelessness could be as simple as the new Plugin House, a prototype of a tiny house that is affordable and easy to assemble. As cities across the country struggle to provide enough affordab...

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Zach Mortice

8 May 2018

Waukegan, Illinois, United States

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When Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, one of a national network of work-study high schools, was looking to move out of an outdated building, an abandoned big box KMart caught administrators' eyes. Strapped by a tig...

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Richard Luscombe ‏

3 May 2018

Babcock Ranch, Florida, United States

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Babcock Ranch is a sustainability “laboratory” that is testing what it takes to build a totally green community. What sets this community apart are the 440 acres of solar panels and the pursuit of a town powered fully...

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Annette Becker

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30 April 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen is a highly livable city, thanks to policies that focus on making streets safe and convenient to walk. The bigger the city, the worse it is to design urban spaces only with cars in mind, says planner and ar...

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