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Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

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6 February 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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From North Carolina to California, states and cities are taking a new approach to fines and fees – people are having their charges dismissed, warrants for minor offenses cleared, and many municipalities are actually s...

KBSX

Heath Druzin

25 November 2019

Boise, Idaho, United States

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In the United States, many conservation efforts are funded by hunters through the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Act and the Duck Stamp. Over the years, there has been a decline in hunting, but organizations like Backcountry ...

WRAL-TV

Laura Leslie

18 November 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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As North Carolina wrapped up its second-longest legislative session in its history, the government looked to other states for a possible solution. In states like George and Tennessee, which have sessions 40 and 30 day...

WCNC-TV

Nathan Morabito

8 November 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Charlotte, North Carolina looks to other major cities - like Grand Rapids, Michigan - for examples of success in multi-home zoning changes. To address the lack of affordable housing in Charlotte, some city officials a...

CityLab

Tracey Lindeman

4 November 2019

Brumunddal, Norway

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Norway is leading the world in low-carbon structural wood development; now, the country is working to bring factories into the country to turn the trees into usable lumber within the nation's borders. The city of Brum...

CityLab

Zach Mortice

11 October 2019

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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After falling behind in urban planning and innovation in the 1990s and early 2000s, Oklahoma City created a limited-time sales tax called MAPS to pay for capital projects, like the new Scissortail Park. The tax consis...

U.S. News & World Report

Laurie Mazur

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8 October 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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To combat excessive flooding in low-plain areas, cities like Charlotte are passing critical legislation that regulates fill-and-build development, a type of construction that leads to more intense flooding in vulnerab...

Wall Street Journal

Ruth Simon

Kris Maher

7 October 2019

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

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Erie, Pennsylvania, uses creative financial incentives for companies and businesses that invest capital gains in low-income areas of the city in order to pull itself out of economic hardship caused by the decrease in ...

NPR

Dan Charles

4 October 2019

State College, Pennsylvania, United States

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Enrolling administrators and financial planners in sustainable projects takes proving that investments pay for themselves. With the help of pressure from students and faculty, Penn State Universities administrators ha...

Devex

Sarah Trent

Khaliun Bayartsogt

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2 October 2019

Arvaikheer, Mongolia

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Herders in Mongolia have resorted to cooperative shared funds to keep their pastures afloat, a sign of a slow tilt towards greater collaboration and trust in the area. The shared funds act as a way for herders to borr...

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...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

18 September 2019

Provincetown, Massachusetts, United States

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The retention of local ownership provides a more viable business model for small newspapers. In Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Provincetown Independent eschews the profit-maximizing, private-equity business model in...

WRAL-TV

Richard Adkins

17 September 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Eastern North Carolina -- an area increasingly affected by flooding from hurricanes -- looks to Tulsa for long-term, financially sustainable solutions to routine flooding. Tulsa's comprehensive approach includes regul...

The Outlook

Nate Mann

29 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In an effort to create more effective helmets, developers and consumers have come up against both cost and technological concerns. Building helmets that protect against concussions is challenging, and those that have ...

Republican American

Ethan Fry

Amanda Cuda

26 August 2019

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Springfield, Massachusetts leaned into urban renewal and public-private partnerships to keep their local economy alive amid the manufacturing downfall. Now, Bridgeport - a town of similar size and economic fate - look...

The Christian Science Monitor

Alex P. Kellogg

23 August 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Atlanta has seen a decline in rates of people experiencing homelessness from 2008-2018, a trend that is particularly meaningful as other cities contend with stubbornly high numbers. Part of the solution? A new source ...

Reuters

Johnny Magdaleno

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8 August 2019

San Martin, California, United States

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In Santa Clara County, California, the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation program is funding an effort to prevent development and bolster agriculture on local farmland. The County, home to Silicon Valley, pur...

Wyoming Public Media

Rae Ellen Bichell

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5 August 2019

Longmont, Colorado, United States

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A local community member in Longmont, Colorado looks to creative public financing in order to keep the news media alive in his town. Looking to libraries as a successful model of special improvement districts, which a...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

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2 August 2019

Hickam Field, Hawaii, United States

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Fishermen are attaching LED lights to the gillnets they use to trap fish to ward off unintended captures like turtles, dolphins, and sea lions. The lights warn the wildlife that something is there so they don’t get ca...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

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Greg Bordonaro

22 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Hartford, Connecticut navigates the complex web of public taxation with the implementation of tax-breaks for developments like affordable housing, daycares, and industrial reinvestment sites. Though tax-breaks are con...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

18 July 2019

Danville, Virginia, United States

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The town of Danville, Virginia survived the downfall of the mill industry by using creative financing and investing in solid economic infrastructure that will remain sustainable into the future. The town has invested ...

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Gregory Scruggs

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18 July 2019

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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The American Prairie Reserve (APR)has diverged from government funding and instead created a free-market system to preserve prairie land across Northeastern Montana. Some ranchers in the state oppose the allowance of ...

The Guardian

Oliver Wainwright

16 July 2019

Norwich, United Kingdom

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A neighborhood of 100 homes in Norwich offers a solution to the affordable housing crisis through no-frills public housing. The homes, part of a social housing project funded by the Norwich City Council, meet modern e...

The Trace

Brian Freskos

11 July 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, community organizations, public officials, and private funders have come together behind a campaign called “<399” – with the goal of bringing homicides to under 400. This collaboration has taken on a compr...

Model D

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

9 July 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The Bail Project is posting bond for men and women who cannot afford to pay and haven’t been convicted of a crime. Based in Detroit, the nonprofit has locations across the country and uses a revolving fund to bail out...

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