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Conquering Food Deserts With Green Carts

The New York Times

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Programs to get fresh produce carts to areas with no access to healthy food work best when government and determined entrepreneurs team up.

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Dropouts flooding Kent's second-change iGrad school

The Seattle Times

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Student dropouts are a taxpayer burden. Cities save money and help kids by connecting them with diploma programs. Washington is making these efforts state law.

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Even Odds Day 2: Manhood 101

San Francisco Chronicle

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In Oakland, black males are almost as likely to be killed as they are to graduate high school. One school is giving them special classes with black mentors to better address their emotional needs and keep them in school.

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Even Odds: A Place Apart

San Francisco Chronicle

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Young black males in Oakland are suspended more frequently and graduate high school at a much lower rate than their peers. A charter school specifically designed for African American boys focuses on providing them with role models to create a supportive environment, combat the effects of trauma, ...

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Forging a Life-Changing Bond

The New York Times

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Child-mentoring programs around the United States have helped at-risk youth during crucial years of development. However, New York City's Friends of the Children has improved the model by placing at-risk youth with adult mentors for 12 years. The forged relationships between mentor and developing...

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Former Black Panther Launches Oakland Urban Farm to Give Ex-Prisoners a Fresh Start

Civil Eats

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After incarceration, Black men and women have a difficult time re-integrating into society without financial and educational resources. A former Black Panther activist has created the non-profit Oakland &the World Enterprises to offer an urban farm as a prisoner re-entry program and community cen...

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Growing A Solution To California's Groundwater Crisis

National Geographic

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Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

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How the Local Food Economy Is Challenging Big Food

Next City

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In an agricultural system designed for big-industrial growers, many farmers struggle to bridge the relationship between their produce and consumers, as well as strengthening local economies. The food hub is a collection of buildings that process and distribute the sale of local food. Eastern Mar...

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How the Fastest-Warming City in the Country Is Cooling Off

Politico Magazine

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Louisville, Kentucky is warming faster than any other city in the country, with summer temperatures in the central urban area up an extra 20 degrees. Although residents turn up their air conditioners, the heat is increasing the city’s death rate by 39 people every year. The city mayor has launche...

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How to Build a Better Neighborhood

The New York Times

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The Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas suffered from recession-closed businesses and crime. Then community members used placemaking, in which people shaped their own environment to improve the quality of life, and the concept of Build a Better Block, which was a pop-up event showcasing art, food, m...

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