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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...

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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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte

28 January 2020

Waianae, Hawaii, United States

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When blight and crime took over a treasured seaside park on Oahu and police seemed unable to help, a community group reclaimed the park and made it safe again by helping the people encamped there and cleaning up the s...

The Huffington Post

Sophie Mbugua

23 January 2020

Kikuyu, Kenya

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In 2017, Kenya implemented a plastic bag ban and to ensure it was followed, set hefty fines and even jail time for those who broke the law. The law has had an impact – streets are cleaner and the use of single-use pla...

The New York Times

Audra Burch

21 January 2020

Newnan, Georgia, United States

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The small Southern city of Newnan, GA considered themselves to be a fairly open and accepting place. This attitude was shattered when 17 huge portraits of ordinary people who make up Newnan were hung across the city a...

Eye On Ohio

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

19 December 2019

Newport, Kentucky, United States

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To promote the implementation of greenspaces while also decreasing the likelihood of runoff after heavy rain storms, community groups in Newport, Kentucky worked together to implement strategic depaving. This practice...

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Megan Clement

15 November 2019

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

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The Brazilian city of Recife is tackling violence prevention by focusing on early-childhood education through a program called Urban95. In addition to painting the streets and buildings bright colors, Urban95 offers a...

Richland Source

Noah Jones

30 October 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Cities enhanced by public art improve the quality of life for their residents. Across the midwest—from Bucyrus, Ohio, to Chicago, Illinois—cities are investing in public art and murals as a way to revitalize their com...

CityLab

David Dudley

29 October 2019

Vienna, Austria

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Despite a rapidly growing population size, Vienna, Austria has remained high on "quality-of-life" rankings, thanks to the city's prioritization of green space, car-free areas, and expansion of affordable housing proje...

Richland Source

Larry Phillips

29 October 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Public art adds value to communities that have experienced decline in recent decades. In towns like Mansfield and Marietta, Ohio, public art plays a positive role. Murals created by groups like Mansfield Murals Inc., ...

The Trace

Brian Freskos

18 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago is trying something new when it comes to violence prevention: beautifying public spaces that have been known to be places of violence. The city has launched an official pilot program called Grounds for Peace, ...

KNME-PBS

Gene Grant

16 August 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps joined together to transform a dirt lot into a pop-up park, created and maintained by surrounding neighborhoods. Community members work together ...

The Mercury

Madison Kuklentz

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Thomas Garlick

9 August 2019

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania’s Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy has built a grassroots base of volunteers that help clean up the local environment. Through education at schools and summer workshops, outreach projects, and asking volun...

KUMN

Marisa Demarco

6 August 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Residents and volunteers from The Nature Conservancy, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Artful Life joined forces to create a "pop-up park" in a long neglected vacant lot in the International District of Southeast Albuqu...

Carolina Public Press

John Sharpe

26 July 2019

North Carolina, United States

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Coastal cities across South and North Carolina are considering the benefits of underground power lines. With hurricane winds doing major damage to above-ground lines, buried lines often go unharmed, leaving residents ...

The Devil Strip

Colleen Carroll

1 July 2019

Middlebury, Ohio, United States

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The town of Middlebury, Ohio organizes community walking audits that allow residents to actively relay concerns and complaints about their community. The audits focus on neighborhood improvement and encourage active c...

Bangor Daily News

Lauren Abbate

24 May 2019

Warren, Maine, United States

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After sitting abandoned for 20 years, 27-thousand tons of plastic carpet are in the beginning processes of being removed. The pile, located in an old rifle range in Warren, Maine, is being transported to a local cemen...

The Guardian

Angelique Chrisafis

20 May 2019

Mulhouse, France

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Mulhouse, a small city in France, brushed off its negative reputation and used community networking, clever financing, and urban renewal as tools to become a bustling center once again. The town relied on many communi...

Mongabay

Dilrukshi Handunnetti

15 May 2019

Moratuwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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What was once the garbage dump of a clothing company in Sri Lanka is now the site of an urban butterfly garden. Dilmah Conservation and naturalist Rajika Gamage created the open air garden in 2011 to conserve endanger...

Courier Post

Phaedra Trethan

22 March 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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In East Camden, New Jersey, neighbors encouraged each other as well as city officials to take ownership over the cleanliness - or lack their of - of the streets and homes in their community. In response, neighbors and...

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