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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...

The Connecticut Mirror

Kelan Lyons

24 January 2020

Suffield, Connecticut, United States

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At Connecticut’s MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, people experiencing incarceration have the opportunity to participate in postsecondary classes, even completing a certificate or degree. They’re able to do ...

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...

Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

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6 December 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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To tackle the inequality and lack of opportunity facing many of its historically marginalized communities, St. Paul, Minnesota, recently opened an Office of Financial Empowerment. The office will create a city-wide st...

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 ...

LAist

Sharon McNary

31 October 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In and around Los Angeles, firefighters have been able to better respond to wildfires because of better equipment and more personnel. With more off-road trucks, fire helicopters, fire engines, and a new supercomputer ...

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...

Yes! Magazine

Ananya Garg

4 October 2019

California, United States

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In California, Governor Newsom recently signed into law a regulatory framework for public banking in the state. Public banking, a concept not without its detractors, has been established successfully in North Dakota a...

WFAE

Mary Newsom

30 September 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County, they’ve allocated funding for tenants to have access to free legal aid, provided by Legal Aid of North Carolina, in their eviction cases. With eviction often being the start of ...

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...

The Atlantic

Mark Obbie

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11 September 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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With support for a New York-based grant program, Buffalo has been trying various evidence-based approaches to decrease violence, especially gun violence, in the city. The grant program, Gun Involved Violence Eliminati...

Marin Independent Journal

Richard Halstead

24 August 2019

Marin, California, United States

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A program run by the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin uses government vouchers to encourage landlords to create additional affordable housing units with extra rooms in their home. The program, which prim...

Washington Post

Marisa Iati

13 August 2019

Muncie, Indiana, United States

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Across the United States, cities are letting residents pay off their parking tickets with donations to local organizations. For set periods of time, cities like Muncie and Las Vegas write off traffic tickets – as long...

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...

Washington Post

Lori Aratani

2 August 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Officials who want to improve Washington D.C.'s unreliable metro system look to the Chicago Transportation Authority to find examples of success in rebuilding a subway system. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel prioritized up...

The Daily Record

Emily Morgan

30 July 2019

Fairfield, Ohio, United States

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In 2017, Ohio’s Fairfield County built a new jail that, for the first time in a long time, met minimum jail standards. Using bonds, the new jail included an increase in the amount of living space, better security stan...

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...

Bridge Magazine

Robin Erb

22 July 2019

Grant, Michigan, United States

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A state-funded loan repayment program makes Michigan stand out in a competitive market for doctors and health care professionals. To help reduce the shortfall of healthcare professionals in underserved, rural communit...

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Liza Ramrayka

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17 July 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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In San Francisco, the first Financial Justice Project is working with the city to eliminate fines and fees that hold back people experiencing poverty and financial instability and also cost the city more than they can...

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...

Dissent Magazine

Hannah Appel

12 July 2019

United States

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Debtors’ unions can use collective nonpayment of debts to fight against unfair lending practices. Amid the United States’ student loan financial crisis, debtor organizations like the Debt Collective leverage organizat...

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...

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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10 July 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Across the United States, gun violence prevention initiatives are finally turning their attention to the urban communities hit hardest and supporting community-driven approaches. In the past, financial support has gon...

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...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

8 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Hartford, Connecticut looks to Boston as an example of a city that has succeeded in establishing a connection between nonprofits - who can donate payments to the city that are exempt from property taxes - and the loca...

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