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Atlas Obscura

Amy Yee

24 November 2020

Rwanda

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Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, once a conservation failure, has been revitalized with fences, patrols, and new technology to become a successful wildlife park. The government partnered with conservation group African...

Crosscut

Hannah Weinberger

17 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle’s urban agriculture community saw a boom during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. BIPOC-led urban farms — like YES Farm and Black Star Farmers — had an increase in volunteers and people wa...

Al Jazeera

Laura López González

17 November 2020

Switzerland

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As the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine continues, many officials are preemptively discussing how the vaccine will be disseminated, especially as richer countries have already "rich staked their claim to the first d...

The Seattle Times

Joy Resmovits

14 November 2020

Langley, Washington, United States

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Students in South Whidbey Island, off the west coast of Washington State, are getting to know first-hand the process of farm to table meals. During "farm school" kids get a break from e-learning and help tend to the l...

ProPublica

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Mick Dumke

11 November 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A series of government programs designed to rebuild a neighborhood badly damaged by the 1968 Chicago uprising not only failed to achieve their goal, but actually made it worse. Hundreds of businesses in the Madison St...

Time Magazine

Max Blau

9 November 2020

Clinch County, Georgia, United States

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Rural hospitals across the country often struggle to stay open in states where Medicaid has not been expanded, but a method known as "swing beds" has helped two critical-access hospitals in Georgia to avoid this fate....

Next City

Marianne Dhenin

6 November 2020

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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A 20-year project by the nonprofit Lomakatsi Restoration Project to restore native plants helped to spare Ashland, Ore., from the worst destruction of a wildfire. Along the Bear Creek greenway in Ashland, the restorat...

Urbanet

Laura von Puttkamer

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Urban planning using gamification is a viable way of engaging diverse parts of the population and placing people and communities at the center of the process. “Block by Block” is a collaboration between UN Habitat and...

The Philadelphia Citizen

James Peterson

2 November 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Several cities across the U.S. have organized Racial Equity Rapid Response (RERR) teams to address and combat "the racial disparities exposed and exacerbated by Covid-19." Although each city's version of this team loo...

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Erica Gies

Dhritiman Mukherjee

30 October 2020

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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The city of Chennai in India is engaging in wetlands restoration and stormwater management by using traditional knowledge and community action to reduce flooding and ensure that people have access to drinking water. T...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Charlotte West

Ilyne Castellanos

23 October 2020

California, United States

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California Students Vote Project, a public-private partnership, encourages college students to vote. Covid-19-adjusted strategies include sending out multiple emails, using social media, and encouraging peer-to-peer c...

Christian Science Monitor

Christa Case Bryant

21 October 2020

United States

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Cyber security simulations are taking place across the country to help everyone, from government officials to journalists, to identify election-related cyber threats and coordinated disinformation campaigns and make p...

The Boston Globe

Johanna Seltz

7 October 2020

Hanover, Massachusetts, United States

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In Hanover, two collaborative efforts – one between the hospital system and the town and another between the public school district and paramedics – have helped residents access coronavirus testing without leaving the...

The Hechinger Report

Javeria Salman

7 October 2020

Rhode Island, United States

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The School Support Hotline in Rhode Island is helping teachers and parents experience smoother virtual classroom experiences by answering questions and providing support for tech issues, along with translation service...

Oklahoma Watch

Whitney Bryen

Quinton Chandler

4 October 2020

Oklahoma, United States

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Oklahoma mental health and police agencies supply free tablets to police departments, enabling officers summoned to a mental health crisis to connect on the spot with a licensed mental health professional. The telehea...

New Mexico In Depth

Elizabeth M. Miller

28 September 2020

Villanueva, New Mexico, United States

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations and government agencies are connecting farmers with people in need by making fruits and vegetables more affordable or even free. For example, Bueno Para Todos, a small farm ...

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Sonia Paul

28 September 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, Project Greenlight uses video surveillance technology to try to solve and deter street crime. Instead of the police requesting private security video after a crime occurs, businesses pay to install the Gre...

BBC

Claire Bates

22 September 2020

Israel

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Three projects show how effective national strategies can be to reduce accidental drownings, which kill an estimated 320,000 people worldwide each year. In Israel, artificial intelligence software processes video feed...

Next City

Jared Brey

22 September 2020

Austin, Texas, United States

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Affordable housing requirements for developers were eased in Austin through legislation known as Affordability Unlocked. As a result of less stringent parking, set-back and height codes, developers are able to maximiz...

Next City

Emily Nonko

16 September 2020

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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Since the Jersey City composting program, over 50,000 pounds of disposable waste has been used to fertilize home gardens, parks, and community gardens, instead of going into landfills. While scaling the program is a c...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Avendaño

11 September 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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The city of Honolulu has partnered with hotels to offer quarantine housing for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 but have nowhere to safely self-isolate. The new units compliment other existing facilities – ...

Capital Daily

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

11 September 2020

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Legalized marijuana sales in Canada were supposed to make the industry safe, stable, and prosperous. But the rollout of licenses for pre-existing private dispensaries has turned into a debacle for small businesses in ...

The GroundTruth Project

Sam Ogozalek

10 September 2020

Bluffton, South Carolina, United States

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A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping connect farmers with those who are facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, known as Farmers to Families, allocates monet...

The Trace

Casey Parks

10 September 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Two years after reorganizing a police gun-enforcement unit to focus it on an evidence-based approach to preventing retaliatory shootings, Portland city leaders abolished the unit in a round of police budget cuts and f...

BoiseDev

Margaret Carmel

8 September 2020

Boise, Idaho, United States

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An emergency shelter, a housing nonprofit, the City of Boise, and the Boise Police Department came together to coordinate efforts and give assistance to the growing number of residents experiencing homelessness and li...

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