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The Kansas City Beacon

Celisa Calacal

28 June 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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A neighborhood association is renovating dilapidated and neglected houses into livable homes that have transformed the look and feel of neighborhoods in Kansas City. The Lykins Neighborhood Association is able to assu...

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Sakshi Udavant

3 June 2021

Akron, Ohio, United States

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Akron, Ohio, is “creating a circular economy” in hopes of helping small businesses and encouraging residents to shop locally. A city-sponsored app, Akronite, is used by consumers to make purchases and earn reward poin...

Bloomberg CityLab

Marianne Dhenin

4 May 2021

Jinja City, Uganda

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Solar-powered street lights have replaced the shoddy conventional lighting in Jinja City, Uganda. Solar-powered panels and batteries power lighting that is not only cheaper but is also more reliable and has resulted i...

The New York Times

Alyson Krueger

30 April 2021

Bentonville, Arkansas, United States

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Several American cities are attracting potential residents with stipends for down payments and curated experiences for the new transplants. With remote work on the rise, people have more flexibility in choosing a plac...

The Kansas City Beacon

Celisa Calacal

10 March 2021

Topeka, Kansas, United States

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In a bid to revitalize the local economy, Topeka, Kansas is attracting residents through the Choose Topeka program. The city is paying up to $10,000 for remote workers who move to Topeka. Other Midwestern cities like ...

Knox Pages

Cheryl Splain

6 March 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

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Complete Streets initiatives promote traffic and pedestrian safety In 400 communities across the United States. The goal of the program is to help residents live more active and healthy lifestyles while also making co...

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, ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

14 January 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Community land trusts typically provide affordable housing but now one is responsible for the revival of a family business in New Orleans. Commercial community land trusts are emerging as viable solutions for tenants ...

Energy News Network

Audrey F. Henderson

2 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Green developement has breathed new life into a once-declining town that suffered from the exodus of manufacturers. A comprehensive 10-year plan revitalized the local economy of Pullman, creating jobs and bringing new...

Crosscut

Hannah Weinberger

17 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle’s urban agriculture community saw a boom during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. BIPOC-led urban farms — like YES Farm and Black Star Farmers — had an increase in volunteers and people wa...

ProPublica

Tony Briscoe

Haru Coryne

Mick Dumke

11 November 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A series of government programs designed to rebuild a neighborhood badly damaged by the 1968 Chicago uprising not only failed to achieve their goal, but actually made it worse. Hundreds of businesses in the Madison St...

Planet Detroit

Rhonda J. Smith

6 November 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Two urban farmers launched a GoFundMe and raised $55,000 to help provide land security to Black farmers in Detroit. Through the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund, they will select applicants to grow crops for five years ...

The New York Times

Kevin Williams

3 November 2020

Hamilton, Ohio, United States

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The promise of a youth sports facility in Hamilton, Ohio, is already prompting financial development in the once-bustling city. The indoor sports complex, Spooky Nook, will be the biggest of its kind in North America....

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

29 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Jumpstart Germantown and five spinoff programs trained about 1,000 people in the art of locally controlled neighborhood rehabilitation. The Jumpstart programs target particular neighborhoods, mainly mid-range housing ...

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...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

8 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Mosaic Development Partners (MDP) seeks to create wealth for the black community in Philadelphia by providing affordable housing and creating opportunities in neighborhoods that are considered risky investments for ty...

The Victoria Advocate

Ciara McCarthy

27 June 2020

Waco, Texas, United States

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Jubilee provides an oasis in a desert - a food desert that is. The community grocery store provides the only fresh food for miles around at competitive prices and makes an effort to cater to the local clientele, stock...

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Zoe Sullivan

9 April 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has approved a new scoring system to prioritize parks that are most in need of an investment, from the limited funds available, based on equity measures such as race, income, ...

Knox Pages

Cheryl Splain

2 March 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

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The Knox County Land Reutilization Corporation, also known as the Knox County land bank, takes abandoned properties that are vacant and tax delinquent, revitalizes them, and then sells them to new owners. This elimina...

Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Holder

28 February 2020

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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In an attempt to spur the economy and reverse years of a declining population, Tulsa, Oklahoma is paying remote workers $10,000 to live in the city for a year. The carefully-selected 100 members of this project, known...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Claire Goforth

27 February 2020

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

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After the residential real estate market collapsed a decade ago, a developer that had been revitalizing an impoverished Jacksonville neighborhood with single-family homes pivoted to a broader approach to reducing crim...

The Guardian

Matt Krupnick

13 February 2020

United States

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Once-bustling cities contend with population decline by rethinking their use of space for those who remain. Baltimore, New Bedford, and Youngstown have implemented strategies that range from knocking down abandoned ho...

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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...

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...

Associated Press

Martha Irvine

25 November 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Community members and local organizations on the South side of Chicago collaborate to reclaim their neighborhoods from crime, violence, and poverty by engaging in community conflict resolution, policing and networks o...

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