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Priti Salian

24 April 2018

Bengaluru, India

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India has been a longtime contributor to water and air pollution, largely due in part to the amount of plastic the country generates. To address both kinds of pollution, one company is creating biodegradable packaging...

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Jake Bullinger

21 March 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Conservation groups and land trusts that typically serve rural areas have begun integrating their missions and services in urban communities to battle environmental inequity and blight. In cities like Cleveland and Se...

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Adina Solomon

20 March 2018

Clarkesville, Georgia, United States

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After a fire destroyed much of downtown Clarkesville, the city invested millions of dollars in properties to restore. Local government leaders sought feedback from community members, and the result was a revitalized d...

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Jennifer Hattam

23 February 2018

Düzce, Turkey

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After an earthquake devastated the town of Düzce, Turkey, residents banded together to create a housing cooperative and later Düzce Hope Studio, a group of pro-bono architects and engineers working to help rebuild the...

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Natalie Daher

7 February 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Dozens of basketball courts around the United States have received a beautiful and functional make-over. Project Backboard cleans, fixes, and beautifies outdoor basketball courts, effectively revitalizing the social p...

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Mimi Kirk

6 February 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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The diverse Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota is filled with immigrants from all over the world. However, warning signs of gentrification are hinting at rising home prices that threaten the affordability of...

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Laura Bliss

24 January 2018

Minnesota, United States

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Bridges don't last forever without at least some occasional repair, but how do city officials know when an aging bridge is in need of reconstruction? Typically, an individual has to bungee down to inspect it or specia...

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Teresa Mathew

1 December 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Bail reform is a difficult process largely out of the hands of municipalities. Charitable bail funds allow individuals who can't afford bail to be free until their trial, in the hopes of changing the bail system from ...

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Erica Sweeney

14 November 2017

Arkansas, United States

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Truck stops are a hotspot for human trafficking. In Arkansas, where trucking is one of the state’s largest industries, truck drivers are being trained to spot human trafficking. If they see anything suspicious, they c...

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Andrew Small

9 November 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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A Better Angels workshop helped eight liberals and eight conservatives talk with each other about divisive issues, such as immigration and LGBTQ rights. At a time when political partisanship is at record highs in the ...

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Amitha Kalaichandran

26 October 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Disseminating correct HIV information to the public can be difficult but an HIV prevention program for the homeless has used artificial intelligence to select 'influencers' who are more likely to spread information. T...

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Aviva Shen

7 October 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Below sea level and prone to floods, residents in New Orleans have been battling water for years. Urban Conservancy and other initiatives help residents to 'own' their water and install permeable concrete and water-lo...

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Maya Kroth

2 October 2017

Mexico City, Mexico

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In a rapidly gentrifying Mexico City neighborhood, two artists refurbished an icon and set up an altar for Santa Mari La Juaricua, a saint to protect residents from eviction. The saint raises awareness and acts as a r...

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Bruce Katz

24 September 2017

Pittsburgh, United States

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In the future innovation and technology are only going to become more important to a city's status. Pittsburgh is making great strides by cultivating research, technology, and workers.

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Rikha Sharma Rani

31 August 2017

Auckland, New Zealand

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The privatized prison system is largely skewed against inmates, as most are funded based on the number of individuals incarcerated, creating a disincentive to invest in the rehabilitation and comprehensive treatment o...

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Tanvi Misra

31 August 2017

United States

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Putting more military weapons and other tactical gear in the hands of local law enforcement has little or no effect on crime, but does make police violence more likely. After the Trump administration lifted a loophole...

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David Lepeska

25 August 2017

Eau Claire, Washington, United States

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, once a booming Midwestern industrial town, began to struggle after manufacturing plants closed, leading to job loss and blight downtown. However, recent years have shown urban renewal, and it is...

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Simone D'Antonio

23 August 2017

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana was once a highly crowded city but since the election of its mayor, the city has become far more green due to a clear strategic plan and efficient mayoral office. The largest impact change was making the dow...

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Kriston Capps

14 August 2017

New York, New York, United States

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New York City passed the first law in the nation guaranteeing legal representation to any low-income resident facing eviction. Pilot programs in California show that the right to counsel levels the playing field betwe...

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Laura Bliss

9 August 2017

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Kentucky metro area has some of the worst air quality in the country, leading to concerning rates of asthma and respiratory disease well above the national averages. But a group called AIR Louisville has implement...

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Linda Poon

9 August 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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It is currently estimated that there are 2 million rats in New York City. With numbers that high, cities including Washington, D.C. and Chicago along with New York City have teams employed solely to control the rat po...

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Gracie McKenzie

8 August 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The forms required to receive social services can be long and difficult to navigate, despite their essential nature for many people in need. In D.C., a new team meant to coordinate innovation across agencies gathered ...

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Tanvi Misra

4 July 2017

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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In the aftermath of an election "consumed with anti-immigration rhetoric," many of the same states that helped put Trump in the White House are not just home to growing numbers of immigrants and refugees, but many are...

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Juan Pablo Garnham

29 June 2017

Long Beach, California, United States

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Unlike the rest of Los Angeles County, the City of Long Beach has managed to decrease its homeless population; coordination of key departments has been crucial to the city's success. "Since 2015, Long Beach has increa...

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Krutika Pathi

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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The homeless population in NYC stands at the highest number since the Great Depression. The Bowery Residents Committee has suggested changes to how shelters emerge, run and are funded. With a focus on results-based fu...

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