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Can Raton rise again?

The Santa Fe New Mexican

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Raton, a town once surrounded by eight coal mines, now has a main street of boarded-up buildings. There is reason for optimism as the town diversifies its local economy, betting on "a mix of small manufacturing businesses, health care and specialty services, and hospitality for travelers" to endu...

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A New Way to Commemorate Atrocity

Pacific Standard

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Memorials are being created at rapid rates these days, but they seem to lack a long-term effect on the public. The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project seeks to change this pattern by putting out an international call for memorial proposals, wanting a variety in visions and a collective memo...

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Iceland's Water Cure

The New York Times Magazine

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Despite being an island of seamen, Iceland used to experience high numbers of drownings every year, fostering a keen interest in swimming education. The government stepped up and tapped into the underground hot water generated by Iceland’s volcanic activity to create geothermal pools, which quick...

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One Foot in the Levant

GOOD Magazine

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In the face of terror and war, art and history needed protection. A group of professors, activists, archeologists, and historians created a network to preserve and protect art and history in Syria.

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Repurposing historic buildings on Detroit's medical campuses

Model D

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Two local hospital systems have worked diligently to balance the preservation of the historic character of their campuses with the need to keep their facilities state-of-the-art. Communities have chosen to repurpose old medical buildings instead of demolishing them and losing the history of the s...

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Instagram art project spreads awareness about femicides in Mexico

Public Radio International (PRI)

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The project No estamos todas (“We are not all here”) was founded to call attention to rising rate of female homicide victims in Mexico as well as to commemorate victim’s lives. Artists are commissioned to make a woman’s portrait—often incorporating aspects of their lives—and these portraits are s...

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Cities are crowdfunding more. But is it fair to ask the people to pay?

Apolitical

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Governments in the United Kingdom, the United States, and elsewhere use crowdfunded donations to restore historic areas and fund new developments. The approach can build democratic participation and community cohesion while plugging budgetary holes from falling tax revenue.

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How Saguaro National Park Hopes To Catch Prickly Cacti Thieves

NPR

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The National Park Service has resorted to microchipping hundreds of saguaro. Despite extensive legal protections, the iconic cacti are going missing. Rangers can only read the microchip by scanning a suspect cactus, but they hope this move will serve as an additional deterrent to would-be thieves...

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VR at the Tate Modern's Modigliani exhibition is no gimmick

Endgadget

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Tate Modern’s 2017 exhibition on painter Amedeo Modigliani included a virtual reality recreation of Modigliani’s final studio in Paris. Seated on wooden chairs with VR headsets on, visitors can explore the studio and hear firsthand accounts of the space from Modigliani’s friends.

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Backpack-Sized Archiving Kit Empowers Community Historians to Record Local Narratives

Hyperallergic

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The Archivist In a Backpack kit developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill contains the essential elements for oral history collection including recorders, notepads, and thank you cards. The university is partnering with other organizations to distribute these kits and foster or...

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