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Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

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31 January 2020

Park City, Utah, United States

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With rural areas and mountain towns increasingly facing traffic issues during peak outdoor season or other temporary population growth periods, some have modeled responses after urban transit plans. Park City, the hos...

Yes! Magazine

Celeste Hamilton Dennis

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17 December 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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AllGo, a Portland-based organization is an app that aims to combat fat bias in the media by creating a collection of stock photos of exclusively plus-sized models. The app is a completely free resource that aims to of...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

13 December 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Kansas City, Missouri is the first major U.S. city to offer free bus rides city-wide, hoping to expand access and boost the local economy. The city emulates free public transportation plans around the world, which hav...

The New York Times

Michaela Haas

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11 December 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Home-sharing programs help formerly incarcerated individuals avoid homelessness. The Homecoming Project, operated by Impact Justice, a nonprofit in California, leverages the sharing economy model to reduce homelessnes...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Grace Dickinson

24 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Rutabaga Toy Library in Philadelphia - which was born out of a borrowed idea from Austin, Texas - helps parents afford to checkout donated toys for their kids by offering low-price memberships to families in the s...

Next City

Cinnamon Janzer

14 November 2019

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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A failed bikeshare program left St. Louis prepared for the onlsaught of e-scooters that has been sweeping the nation and left the city ahead of the curve with scooter regulation. The city installed a permit system tha...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

13 November 2019

Paris, France

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Although Paris public transportation ridership is booming - a goal of the city's to make a positive impact on "green" development - city officials are now looking to expand the metro lines to be able to fit the demand...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

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12 November 2019

Penthakatha, Odisha, India

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After an unexpected summer cyclone in the Indian state of Odisha, hundreds of women from slums across the region formed a community fund for disaster preparedness. The women all try to contribute 10 rupees per month t...

Yes! Magazine

Biba Adams

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4 November 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Whereas urban farms provide supplemental nutrition, agricultural neighborhoods make farming one of their central features. In Detroit, Michigan, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) has grown from a local comm...

The Christian Science Monitor

Harry Bruinius

31 October 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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A bookmobile program in Queens brings stories, computers and wifi to family shelters to help expand access to these vital resources to children and families without a permanent home. The book-filled bus has served ove...

Yes! Magazine

Timothy A. Wise

26 October 2019

Cuetzalán, Puebla, Mexico

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A collection of remote villages in Mexico have banded together to create "a union of cooperatives that is achieving food sovereignty through agroecology." Their efforts started in the 1990s, when corporations were loo...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

16 October 2019

Auburn, Alabama, United States

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Several colleges in the U.S. use a third-party corporation to manage their dining services, but Auburn University's contract is unique in that it specifies 20 percent of all food must be locally sourced. This partners...

The Boston Globe

Jon Chesto

9 October 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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In 2016, MIT’s Transit Lab made huge changes in the transportation benefits it provided, including subsidizing public transportation for close to 11,000 employees and increasing the costs of employee parking. As small...

Wisconsin Watch

Parker Schorr

30 September 2019

Neillsville, Wisconsin, United States

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Rural hospitals often face a host of problems, especially when it comes to financial troubles; however, a small hospital in Wisconsin has been able to remain open by embracing a merger with a larger health care facili...

CityLab

Norman Garrick

30 September 2019

Zurich, Switzerland

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In Zurich, Switzerland, urban planners designed streets that put pedestrians and streetcar riders first as an effort to cut back on car usage and promote sustainable transportation. While cars are limited to one lane ...

Al Jazeera

Kimberley Brown

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30 September 2019

Juncal, Ecuador

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Carmen Carcelen lives in northern Ecuador with her husband, eight children, and hundreds of Venezuelan migrants who are fleeing poverty, violence, and hyperinflation at home. Carcelen has been providing food and shelt...

Bridge Magazine

Ted Roelofs

29 September 2019

Ironwood, Michigan, United States

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Despite initial community fears, the merger of Ironwood, Michigan's Grand View Hospital with Wisconsin-based Aspirus Health Care has resulted in positive benefits for most. The partnership has allowed for an expansion...

The Sprawl

Hadeel Abdel-Nabi

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24 September 2019

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Though Calgary already goes further than some cities in the public transportation sphere by offering a free-fare downtown zone, other cities that offer free transportation -- often through added taxes -- have seen dra...

Yes! Magazine

Sarah Trent

Khaliun Bayartsogt

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15 August 2019

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Members of Post-Soviet Mongolian tribes return to a co-op way of life in order to survive - but this time, the co-ops are community run, rather than state-run. Because climate change has degraded the quality of soil a...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

6 August 2019

Brownsville, Texas, United States

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A public library in Brownsville, Texas continues to remain relevant through its dedication to learning from failed initiatives, investing in new technology, and ensuring that the space keeps up with ever-changing town...

Things That Work Uganda

Noah Omuya

2 August 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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The Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda, the largest such settlement in the world, is working with a number of agencies including the UNHCR and The Office of the Prime Minister to address environmental issues in the...

Things That Work Uganda

Christine Kabazira

2 August 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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Refugees in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement need a new source of income after relocating, so a program with NGO Mercy Corps has now given a number of farmers seeds for a cash crop: cotton. Farmers received a special modif...

Next City

Sandra Larson

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15 July 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As gentrification has flourished and Baby Boomers age out of the workforce, “legacy businesses” struggle to find a way to maintain a presence in communities of color. In response, a multi-city fellowship called Shared...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

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4 July 2019

London, England

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In London, two community-driven initiatives are working side by side to engage residents in sustainable practices. Energy Garden, a community energy cooperative, has created green spaces in rail stations offers reside...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

29 June 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library is a branch of the New York Public Library system that offers a wide array of services for vision-impaired adults and children. They hold the largest physical colle...

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