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The New York Times

John Schwartz

6 July 2019

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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The city of Nashville is a model for other U.S. cities focusing on how to deal with homes that are flooding more consistently than before. The National Flood Insurance Program exists to help insure homes that wouldn't...

Columbia Missourian

Alexis Allison

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3 July 2019

Branson, Missouri, United States

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Overcoming the causes of social isolation plays a crucial role in combating food insecurity. From faith-based community meals paired with job programs in Branson, to food recycling initiatives that tap into local mark...

The New York Times

Timothy Williams

12 June 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco District Attorney’s office has been instituting “blind charging,” making it impossible to see someone’s name, race, and other demographics before deciding to charge them with a crime. This new practi...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

11 June 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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In Newark, New Jersey, an organization called Creative New Jersey brought together over 300 people to take part in over 50 different community improvement conversations during a convening called Call to Collaboration....

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Hana Schank

10 June 2019

Mobile, Alabama, United States

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While the entire nation struggles to combat blight and rundown housing, the city of Mobile, Alabama put together a task force and managed to slow the spread of blight in the town and even change the state constitution...

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Ann Schimke

6 June 2019

Colorado, United States

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Colorado has one of the highest rates of suicide for both adults and children in the country. Ignoring concerns about liability issues, one school is giving high school students a mental health screening to determine ...

Yes! Magazine

Lornet Turnbull

5 June 2019

Colorado, United States

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Providing access to family planning and health services in addition to contraception leads to a reduction in unplanned and teen pregnancies. Colorado’s Family Planning Initiative has contributed to the state’s steep d...

The New York Times

Claire Cain Miller

4 June 2019

Sweden

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New mothers are often overwhelmed once they leave the supports of a hospital and find themselves home alone with a newborn. In Sweden, a new law that allowed the other parent to take a month's worth of time off to hel...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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29 May 2019

Yonkers, New York, United States

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Greystone Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y., hires applicants without requiring drug tests, background checks, or credit checks as a way to prioritize future success rather than past actions. The bakery's system of "open hiring...

The Guardian

Emily Yates

28 May 2019

Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands

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The Dutch city of Breda is making great strides in making their city accessible for all with more than 800 shops and bars physically accessible and more than 26 city resident and tourist-focused websites now accessibl...

Bangor Daily News

Beth Brogan

28 May 2019

Knox, Maine, United States

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The newly-elected district attorney in Maine, Natasha Irving, has started implementing restorative justice practices into the area’s criminal justice system. The use of restorative justice in this case includes offeri...

The Naked Scientists

Ben McAllister

28 May 2019

Edinburgh, Scotland

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The bigger the city, the busier the roads, which typically means more noise pollution as well. Because noise can negatively impact sleep and heart health, researchers are turning to promoting noise control engineering...

The New York Times

Kevin Williams

25 May 2019

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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In Dayton, Ohio, a Ku Klux Klan rally was met with over 500 counterprotesters. While the city is one of the United States’ most segregated, community members including church groups, New Black Panthers, Antifa members...

Politico Magazine

Erick Trickey

23 May 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As Seattle's population has grown rapidly, so has the interest in and need for an efficient mass transit system. Through voter investments and smart planning, the city has managed to see a slight decline in average da...

Next City

Zoe Sullivan

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21 May 2019

United States

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As the struggles of refugees and immigrants drudges on, a number of cities across the US are gathering funding for their legal defense. One strategy, a legal counsel program called New York Family Immigrant Unity Proj...

NPR

Caroline Covington

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20 May 2019

Texas, United States

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Many people associate post-traumatic stress disorder as a diagnosis exclusively reserved for military or emergency responders, and this limited definition can lead to misdiagnoses for everyday civilians. Training more...

NBC News

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Marshall Crook

20 May 2019

Yakima, Washington, United States

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Adverse childhood experiences such as physical or substance abuse, parental divorce and emotional neglect can often negatively impact children's behavior at school. Recognizing this, some schools have started implemen...

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Molly Fosco

20 May 2019

United States

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Across the United States, tech platforms and organizations are developing ways to use data in a way that decreases police violence. They range in purpose – one maps instances of police violence, while another publishe...

Rolling Stone

Andrea Marks

16 May 2019

United States

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Climate change is impacting not just the environment but the way in which humans are able to exist within the altered landscape. As ecosystems shift, storms worsen and loss of homes continues to rise, the mental healt...

Los Angeles Times

Nita Lelyveld

16 May 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Rates of loneliness are increasing across the United States, as people rely on technology rather than human interaction for their day-to-day lives. To directly combat this, a man in Los Angeles created the People Walk...

The Guardian

Elle Hunt

14 May 2019

Vienna, Austria

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Vienna, Austria uses a tactic called "gender mainstreaming" to ensure that urban planning equally takes into account lives of women and men around the city. While architecture and urban planning have traditionally bee...

Oakland North

Katey Rusch

14 May 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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The city of Oakland reviewed the process for distributing city funds in order to efficiently address equity in community projects. Oakland officials and community members created a scoring system that ranks each proj...

TheGrio

Natasha S. Alford

11 May 2019

Maryland, United States

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Across the United States, Black Mama’s Bail out bailed out hundreds of black women in time for Mother’s Day. The organization accepts donations to pay bail for women cannot afford it on their own as part of their larg...

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...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

11 May 2019

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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Manchester, New Hampshire is seeing early success with a new program that helps keep mothers battling addiction in contact with their children. Based on the premise that keeping parents connected with their child duri...

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