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WABC-TV (ABC 7 NY)

CeFaan Kim

5 April 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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In Newark, NJ, kids are opting to stay late at school on Friday nights to hang out. This is possible because of West Side High School’s Lights On program, created to give students structured entertainment and to prote...

SURFER Magazine

Ashtyn Douglas

2 April 2019

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

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Support from the international surfing community has empowered women in Sri Lanka to push back against patriarchal social norms and participate in outdoor recreation. Working to change a culture that discourages women...

The Boston Globe

Jeneé Osterheldt

12 March 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In a city that many people of color consider unwelcoming, social media groups offer a path to visibility and community. The group, Young, Black, and Social, connects thousands of millennials in Boston to their peers, ...

CityLab

Linda Poon

11 March 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Viral social media trends can be harnessed for social and environmental good. A social media#trashtag challenge that spread from Reddit to Instagram draws upon the satisfying nature of a before-and-after meme. People ...

Yes! Magazine

Lynn Freehill-Maye

18 February 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Cities around the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom are removing asphalt to make space for nature. From creating rain gardens that reduce flooding to planting flowers along the edges of alleyways, residents and publi...

CityLab

Mimi Kirk

7 February 2019

Bar Elias, Lebanon

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Designers around the world explore ideas and tactics to make inviting, safe, and engaging playgrounds for underserved children. From Lebanon to Belgium, engineers and builders work together to make play accessible and...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

5 February 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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A nonprofit in New Orleans transforms cheap vacant and underutilized lots into playgrounds and spaces for community events that teach children "design thinking" in the process.

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

17 December 2018

Tirana, Albania

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Making adults change their habits and viewpoints is hard. Helping children change is easier. That’s the basic principle around which the recent recreational development of Tirana, Albania is based. By making green sp...

CityLab

Jaime Velazquez

26 November 2018

Pontevedra, Spain

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Nearly two decades ago, Pontevedra, Spain, made a radical shift away from cars and focused on redesigning the center from the sight line of a child walking on the street. Combined with affordable residences in the urb...

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Daliah Singer

20 November 2018

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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A Phoenix gym uses CrossFit classes as an effective way to keep people in subustance use disorder recovery. The class provides non-judgmental support, community, and exercise all of which can have a beneficial effect ...

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Julia Hotz

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19 November 2018

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

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Loneliness has become a valid public health problem. Too often, a lack of public spaces means people seeking connection have no place to gather. Luckily, a trend of creating public spaces has been able to prevent lone...

NationSwell

Alan Thompson

19 November 2018

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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Monarch butterfly populations, having declined around 90 percent over roughly 20 years, are getting a helping hand from cities like San Antonio. By providing crucial habitat and hosting butterfly-centered festivals, c...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

15 November 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, where seasons as well as subpar local investment in the South Side limit children’s ability to play outside year-round, the new Pullman Community Center is a huge improvement. Beyond fostering recreational...

Next City

Audrey F. Henderson

6 November 2018

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Kids will be the ones carrying out the effects of current city planning efforts. To get kids involved in city planning at a young age, Michael Ford started a series of “Hip Hop Architecture Camps.” By teaching about b...

Pacific Standard

Karim Doumar

1 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Hunters Point South Park, a newly built park in Queens, NY, is functioning as a community space even before the addition of low- and middle- income housing slated for the area. But even more than that, the park has al...

The Christian Science Monitor

Patrik Jonsson

29 October 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The new Atlanta United soccer team has brought excitement and community to many areas of the city - but perhaps the most unusual spot is public transport stops. “Station soccer” now is activating spaces at two MARTA t...

CityLab

Emma Jacobs

26 October 2018

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Feeding the raccoons in Montreal’s Mount Royal Park was a tourist activity promoted by websites and supported by park vendors selling cat food. When the result was overpopulation of raccoons unafraid of people, steps ...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

19 October 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Outdoor recreation offices, started and spread by Luis Benitez, are growing from Colorado to Puerto Rico to potentially even Panama. By focusing on spurring economic development and job growth, promoting health, and h...

CoLab Radio

Barbara Brown Wilson

12 October 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In the Denby neighborhood of Detroit, the “Detroit Future City” framework led to a community-driven project to improve safety and schools. First, community organizers created the Denby Neighborhood Alliance. They next...

Governing

Alan Greenblatt

1 October 2018

Akron, Ohio, United States

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When the Innerbelt, a freeway in Ohio, was discontinued, a designer named Hunter Frank threw a party to liven up the space. From there, he pushed to transform it to a permanent greenspace. “There’s value in simply let...

WAMU

Carmel Delshad

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28 August 2018

Landover, Maryland, United States

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A soccer camp has given refugee children in the Washington region a home away from home. L.A.C.E.S. — Life And Change Experienced thru Sports — shares the fun of the sport and aims to build young people’s confidence a...

The New York Times

Jennifer Finney Boylan

22 August 2018

Ashkelon, Israel

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Ultimate frisbee camps have helped Israeli and Palestinian youth learn conflict resolution skills. Because the game has no referees, players discuss disputes on the field themselves.

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Jessica Bakeman

14 August 2018

Parkland, Florida, United States

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Camp Shine, is helping student survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, heal. Through art, dance, and music, they are processing their trauma. The camp, was founded by two upperclassmen fro...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

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10 August 2018

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Gathering Place is the name of a new park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is a large-scale creative park project that, rather than receiving funding from the local government, was funded entirely through a local philanthropic ...

The Guardian

Jenny Cunningham

7 August 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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According to one canvassing research project, there are 450 edible plants within Seattle's parks. Similar trends are also found throughout the United States as a whole. Although foraging is typically against the law, ...

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