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Yes! Magazine

Marianne Dhenin

8 July 2021

Cairo, Egypt

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Organizations in Egypt and Bangladesh are greening their cities by turning rooftops into urban gardens that can grow food, reduce air pollution, and decrease air temperatures. Green Savers in Dhaka has installed more ...

WRTV-TV

Stephanie Wade

9 June 2021

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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With 2,300 people on a wait list for affordable housing, the city of Indianapolis pumped $3 million into a vouchers program for 2021 that has already housed 672 people. Some of the vouchers are set aside for military ...

Pique Newsmagazine

Stefan Labbé

27 May 2021

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Large cities like Vacounver and Seattle are increasingly leaning towards "green infrastracture," a method of managing stormwater through natural systems like green roofs and rain gardens that absorb rainwater. Cities...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Anastasia Moloney

26 May 2021

Bogotá, Colombia

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Citizen participation in meetings, door-to-door surveys, and via an open-source online platform where residents could edit and add to draft plans resulted in 7,000 citizen proposals to redesign one of Bogota’s major, ...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

25 May 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A startup in California called Crop Swap LA is converting unused front yards into community gardens that can grow crops like kale, rainbow chard, and tomatoes as a way to feed neighbors. Community members can pay for ...

Governing

Vinhcent Le

31 March 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Urban planning algorithms have contributed to the racial wealth gap by prioritizing funding for communities that don’t need extra funding, but which would create a higher return on investment. The algorithm bias nega...

Grist

Colin Kinniburgh

30 March 2021

Paris, France

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Paris Habitat, the city’s main social housing agency, used hempcrete — a concrete-like mixture of hemp, lime, and water — as insulation in one of its apartment complexes. This material helps maintain temperature and r...

QNotes

Mona Dougani

26 March 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver's Beloved Community Village is a development of 20 "tiny houses," affordable single-family homes that have helped residents obtain stable housing at rates that allow them to get ahead financially. Charlotte wou...

QNotes

Chris Rudisill

19 March 2021

Houston, Texas, United States

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When gentrification made housing unaffordable for many people in Houston's historically Black Third Ward neighborhood, local activists sought remedies beyond standard federal tax incentives for affordable housing. A c...

Ensia

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...

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...

Next City

Lyndsay Knecht

27 January 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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When the Public Iconographies project asked people in St. Louis "how would you map the monuments of St. Louis?", it got 750 hand-drawn maps telling stories of often-overlooked sites throughout the city. By letting peo...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Cailynn Klingbeil

22 January 2021

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Edmonton, Alberta, is issuing an increasing number of building permits to create more housing options in already developed areas of the city. The Canadian city is squeezing in living spaces above garages, in backyards...

The Washington Post

Ian Duncan

16 January 2021

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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Reconfiguring streets to slow automobile traffic through its downtown business district and encourage pedestrians and bicycling enlivened South Bend's street life and proved a boon to its restaurants and other busines...

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...

The New York Times

Patrick Sisson

29 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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A housing project in Brooklyn is taking nine apartment buildings and retrofitting them to be more sustainable and cut carbon emissions. Casa Pasiva is a $20 million project that aims to reduce heating and cooling cost...

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Danylo Herasymov

16 December 2020

Mykolayiv, Ukraine

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Ukraine ranked No.9 on the list of countries with the highest amount of trash per capita. In Mykolayiv, the city partnered with a nonprofit to sort waste at public schools. “A total of 20,000 students took part last y...

The Huffington Post

Rachel Ramirez

1 December 2020

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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With rising temperatures occurring all over the world, cities are implementing plans to combat heat waves and protect its residents. The city of Ahmedabad in India has been a model for heat resiliency after it created...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Alfred Lubrano

24 November 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Life Do Grow Farm in Philadelphia, run by the nonprofit Urban Creators, is a two-acre plot that yields food needed to feed the community who might not be able to make ends meet. Since June, the farm has distribute...

Urbanet

Laura von Puttkamer

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Urban planning using gamification is a viable way of engaging diverse parts of the population and placing people and communities at the center of the process. “Block by Block” is a collaboration between UN Habitat and...

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Dhritiman Mukherjee

30 October 2020

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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The city of Chennai in India is engaging in wetlands restoration and stormwater management by using traditional knowledge and community action to reduce flooding and ensure that people have access to drinking water. T...

Governing

Skip Descant

29 October 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A pilot project in several American cities has provided a large amount of data on how residents use streets where vehicular traffic is restricted. The initiative tested out ways to calm traffic, provide space for fami...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Rikha Sharma Rani

8 October 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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Oakland is making an effort to make city planning more equitable to include the needs of communities of color. "Esential Places" is the second iteration of a program that started off as "Slow Streets" and was criticiz...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

1 October 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Tiny home communities across several American cities have helped alleviate homelessness amongst veterans with the work done by the Veterans Community Project (VCP). The organization has successfully housed and served ...

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