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Alec Appelbaum

15 December 2015

Staten Island, New York, United States

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Tottenville, on Staten Island, will get oyster-friendly breakwaters and a dune system as part of post-Sandy rebuilding efforts. The oysters will help revive the ecosystem and sustain the long-term fishing economy.

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Laura Bliss

3 November 2015

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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In a Pittsburgh food desert, the addition of a new supermarket increased residents' level of satisfaction with their neighborhood. Researching people's relationship with food and their community could improve federal ...

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Amy Crawford

12 October 2015

Swampscott, Massachusetts, United States

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A Boston suburb combined its high school and senior center to create a hub for the community. The result has saved space and forged interesting friendships.

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Tiffany R. Jansen

2 October 2015

Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands

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More retirement and nursing homes are asking college students to move in, an arrangement that benefits everyone. Students stay free of charge in exchange for volunteering to help the seniors.

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Feargus O'Sullivan

9 July 2015

Berlin, Germany

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To address the increasing unaffordability of housing in Berlin, the city introduced a new rent control law to prevent rates from exponential growth. The city has also outlawed vacation rentals in certain zones of the ...

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Laura Bliss

27 April 2015

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Citizen cartographers around the globe are tracing and checking roads, buildings, and open spaces to assist people on the ground. You can help.

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Jennifer Hattam

12 February 2015

Helsinki, Finland

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Bureaucratic impediments previously blocked Timo Santala from opening a mobile bicycle bar, but he used this barrier to establish 'Restaurant Day' which has now spread worldwide. On these days people sign-up to open a...

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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 ...

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Aarian Marshall

2 October 2014

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Schools are often the most efficient place to provide mental health services to children; as the number of professionals who provide these services in schools dwindles, tele-conferencing and virtual visits are filling...

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Eric Jaffe

21 October 2013

Utah, United States

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In the 1990s, Utah residents spoke out against a proposed light rail system. Just two decades later, the TRAX light rail system was completed early and under budget, with abundant community support. The Utah Transit ...

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Clare Foran

6 September 2013

Vienna, Australia

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Gender mainstreaming is the practice of creating “laws, rules and regulations that benefit men and women equally. The goal is to provide equal access to city resources.” Since the 90s the city of Vienna has adopted th...

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Sarah Goodyear

13 June 2013

Bogotá, Colombia

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Bogotá has become a danger for pedestrians. Cars have the right of the way and it is up to pedestrians to stay alert and safe. Now, citizens are using paint on sidewalks and roads to draw attention to dangers such as ...

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Sarah Goodyear

25 April 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark

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When Amsterdam and the Netherlands were facing an urban dilemma between building bicycle or automobile friendly streets, citizens organized to promote the prioritization of cyclist safety above all else. This public o...

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