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Governing

Todd Newcombe

15 November 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Already a model for the 'Smart City Trend', Chicago is now continuing its innovative streak by launching an "urban sensing" project, which will gather, analyze and publicize sensory data on the city’s air quality, tra...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

5 August 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Windsor, Ontario has a similar economic industry as its neighbor Detroit Michigan; however, Detroit has substantial low-income Black communities compared with Windsor. The Movement for Black Lives has created a six-pi...

The New York Times

Meera Senthilingam

12 July 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Obesity is at an all-time high in the United States, and is hard to combat. But urban obesity can be countered with inviting streets to stroll, dramatic staircases to climb, parks to exercise in - it’s called “active ...

BBC

Neal Razzell

22 March 2016

Nepal

Radio

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Can we engineer buildings to prevent collapse in earthquakes? The answer is yes, and the Inquiry dives into how better building design can save more and more lives as urban density increases.

The Seattle Times

Sanjay Bhatt

12 March 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As Seattle and the region search for ways to produce and retain affordable housing, these four developments backed by private capital are examples of different strategies that have worked.

CityLab

Eillie Anzilotti

7 March 2016

London, United Kingdom

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A group of architects proposed a new design to help raise environmentally responsible kids by combining farms and preschools.

The New York Times

Dan Levin

28 February 2016

Regent Park, Canada

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An ambitious plan for the 69-acre Regent Park neighborhood is disrupting entrenched notions of class, race and religion, at a time when concerns over income inequality and immigration are growing.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Nancy Cambria

21 February 2016

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Chronic toxic stress caused by violence in trauma in a child's life can be exceedingly harmful - but can be remedied through building personal relationships and trust.

Next City

Cassie Owens

29 December 2015

New York, New York, United States

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A new book chronicles each below-market subsidized housing project ever built in New York, highlighting in particular Co-op City, where residents have come to care for their city-subsidized homes.

CityLab

Laura Bliss

3 November 2015

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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In a Pittsburgh food desert, the addition of a new supermarket did not change residents' shopping habits, but it did increase their levels of satisfaction with their neighborhood. Researching people's relationship wit...

The New York Times

Gordon Young

27 October 2015

Flint, Michigan, United States

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International students and the city of Flint, Michigan, have an imperfect but beneficial relationship. The city is a cheap and accommodating place for students to get their foot in the U.S., and the students bring the...

The Lo-Down

Ed Litvak

8 October 2015

New York, New York, United States

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A starting point for addressing the problem of small-business extinction - a description of possible solutions being enacted in New York City.

The Denver Post

Ray Mark Rinaldi

3 October 2015

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Artists need cheap living costs, but their presence improves a community and the property values. The State of Colorado and private developers are creating affordable housing and work spaces for artists in neighborhoo...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

8 August 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Neighborhood Centers, a Houston anti-poverty program has a simple philosophy: “The people are the asset, the source of potential solutions, not the problem.” The non-profit has scaled nationally, employing its bottom...

Maptia

Paolo Patrizi

18 June 2015

Tokyo, Japan

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A growing number of people in the famously crowded Tokyo metropolis are becoming ‘city farmers’, planting crops atop tall buildings or deep underground. In an age of detrimental climate change, urban cultivation and g...

Toronto Star

Sara Mojtehedzadeh

18 April 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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After decades of economic and social despair that once saw it named the poorest big city in America, Cleveland has become a model of revitalization, thanks to a unique “anchor strategy” that harnesses the immense weal...

PBS

Sam Chaltain

17 March 2015

Hartsville, South Carolina, United States

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Harsville, South Carolina is trying to better its educational program. But first it must change the standard of living in the town to provide greater examples of success for the children to follow.

Yahoo News

Tina Rosenberg

6 March 2015

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Research shows that inner-city violence can be as traumatizing as war. A program in Philadelphia is pioneering new ways to treat the urban wounded

Next City

Cassie Owens

16 February 2015

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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As a blight-reduction and urban-development effort, the city of Newark sold bare lots in a distressed area to families willing to build a house and live in it for five years.

Politico Magazine

Erica Peterson

9 December 2014

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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Louisville, Kentucky is warming faster than any other city in the country, with summer temperatures in the central urban area up an extra 20 degrees. Although residents turn up their air conditioners, the heat is incr...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

18 September 2014

Oakland, California, United States

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A novel way to help young men growing up in communities in which concentrated poverty, violence and unemployment are well-documented barriers to health and longevity: male youth of color are trained to be the emergenc...

Politico Magazine

Glenn Thrush

12 August 2014

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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In an effort to stop the poverty cycle in Memphis, a government organization is paying students to get good grades and paying adults if they have a full time job.

Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith

21 May 2014

Oakland, California, United States

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Social-emotional learning (SEL) is transforming educational systems in Oakland by forming mentor relationships between adults and students. Unlike other models, though, the adults are the ones held accountable.

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 February 2014

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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In Memphis, a creative blight-reduction initiative broke down the city into blocks. Inspectors were able to quickly identify all the violations and fix them with no changes in their budget.

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