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Justice Nwafor

26 July 2021

Lagos, Nigeria

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Teams of recyclers in Nigeria gather plastic bottles from the streets and landfills and brings them to recycling plants where they can exchange the waste for money. HISL Recyclers collects this waste — which usually c...

Yes! Magazine

Breanna Draxler

31 May 2021

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, in which a white mob killed hundreds of Black residents and destroyed the thriving neighborhood of Greenwood, the Centennial Commission supported a number of i...

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Kate Elizabeth Queram

17 May 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Street murals and innovative safety features have transformed a dangerous intersection. The Kansas City project not only improved the aesthetic, it also decreased noise pollution, pedestrian crossing distances, and ve...

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Ambika Chawla

19 March 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Platte Farm Open Space used to be a garbage dumping ground in Denver, but it’s now an urban green space thanks to the efforts from community members, organizations, and the government. This community-led project was a...

The Guardian

Richard Orange

8 February 2021

Gothenburg, Sweden

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A pop-up public space was installed in Gothenburg, the latest in a Swedish experiment that’s looking at how to transform parking spaces on city streets into community areas. Previous installations of the experiment, k...

Chicago Sun-Times

Manny Ramos

7 February 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Since June 2019, Chicago's Grounds for Peace pilot project has begun cleaning up vacant, city-owned lots using an approach to urban beautification that has been shown in other cities, and in one Chicago neighborhood, ...

The Guardian

Matthew Ponsford

5 February 2021

Malmö, Sweden

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As London starts to implement its plan for boroughs to implement sustainable urban greening strategies, officials look to Malmö as a guide after the Swedish city used a green space factor (GSF) as a way of calculating...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

5 January 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

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The Street Moves initiative in Sweden is pushing local communities to become the designers of their own streets’ layouts and look at urban planning through the lens of the “one-minute city.” Through a public-private p...

Hothouse Solutions

Michael J. Coren

12 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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What started as a small group of people taking pictures of waste in their communities and tagging it on Instagram with the hashtag #Litterati, turned into a global effort, and even an app, to map and dispose of trash....

Boise State Public Radio (KBSX)

Amanda Peacher

28 September 2020

Idaho, United States

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About 40 volunteer wilderness stewards of the Idaho Conservation League are helping to educate hikers about how to be good outdoor trekkers like disposing of waste properly and staying on the trail. While these volunt...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

21 September 2020

Fulton, New York, United States

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Residents are using dollar-for-dollar matching grants to spruce up their homes in Fulton, NY, resulting in higher home values, higher morale and the formation of neighborhood collaborations. The grants are granted to ...

Knox Pages

Grant Pepper

23 August 2020

Marion, Ohio, United States

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The city of Marion, Ohio, has allocated an alley for use as a community hub where diners can eat, families can frolick, and revelers can listen to live music. The space has benefitted the local economy, encouraging re...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

21 August 2020

Ashland, Ohio, United States

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As a way to raise funds and awareness for stormwater education, some cities are turning rain barrels into an art exhibit. Rain barrels catch water as it runs off rooftops, which can be used later for watering plants. ...

The New York Times

Robert Sullivan

Jade Doskow

14 August 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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The former Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island is turning into a public park that will accept visitors in 2021. By capping the trash site with plastic, covering it with soil, and planting native grasses, city offici...

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Brendan Crowley

14 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York's Hard Hat Cats turns feral cats into working animals, deploying teams in outdoor spaces and indoor workplaces with rat infestations. Breweries, a prison, and other buildings have seen their rat populations p...

Equal Times

Steve Rushton

3 August 2020

France

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There are 29 Resistance to Advertising Aggression (RAP) groups working in France to ban outdoor advertising such as billboards. The groups worked with the mayor in the city of Grenoble to cancel a contract for 326 out...

Next City

Edward Belleville

3 August 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Cities around the world are using apps and interactive platforms to encourage resident volunteers to care for their urban forests. For example, in Berlin, Gieß den Kiez (Water the Neighborhood) is an app that allows u...

Wisconsin Watch

Will Cioci

23 June 2020

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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A “rapid response” mural project transformed shuttered storefronts with vibrant messages of pride, perseverance, anger, justice, and unity. The project was funded by Arts in Public Places Looking Forward, a new organi...

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Emily Nonko

13 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a project called Fill the Walls With Hope has come together, pairing public art with hyper-local information. The initiative, which has collaborated with various local organizations, came together as ...

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Sonja Swanson

8 May 2020

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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The City of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency is providing funding for businesses closed by COVID-19 to board up their windows with public art. Offering up to $2,000 per business, its purpose is to help support local art...

KSHB-TV

Andres Gutierrez

30 April 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Kansas City Police Department used a crime-prevention strategy called the risk-terrain model to target and neutralize crime magnets, a low-cost approach associated with a 24% decrease in violence in areas where it was...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

9 March 2020

London, United Kingdom

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A recent study on London's trees revealed benefits far beyond city beautification. The report found that trees saved the city billions of pounds in air cooling, air purification, carbon sequestration. The report also ...

Chicago Tribune

Sophie Sherry

11 February 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, city workers take care to clear debris and abandoned tents but not informal settlements belonging to homeless populations. Workers with the Department of Streets and Sanitation worked with community lawyer...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Terri Akman

11 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Powered by a workforce made up exclusively of the formerly incarcerated and people experiencing homelessness, Philadelphia start-up company Graffiti Removal Experts gets paid to clean up signs of blight while giving p...

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Hannah Chinn

30 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Vacant lots in the city are being greened with an idea dubbed “IKEA, but for parks” which provides preassembled options to create parks in vacant lots. Community members are given layout and design options to choose f...

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