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Armed With Data, Fighting More Than Crime

The New York Times

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CitiStat has show great success in cities like Baltimore, where it has improved city services' efficiency (removing snow, fixing potholes, etc.). Many cities use Stat programs, but Baltimore has been a particular case of success. Looking at how it implemented its CitiStat program holds lessons fo...

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Can Funny Traffic Signs Save Drivers' Lives?

Governing

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Traffic fatality rates are slowly climbing in today's world of texting-while-driving. But highway agencies are increasingly using humor and wit to try to get people to drive safer.

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Dealing with blight complaints requires new approach, Memphis says

Fayetteville Observer

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In Memphis, a creative blight-reduction initiative broke down the city into blocks. Inspectors were able to quickly identify all the violations and fix them with no changes in their budget.

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How Did the Meadow Vole Cross the Road? Designing travel routes for wildlife

re:form

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As a state with robust populations of wildlife, Montana has had its share of roadkill. Its Department of Transportation developed animal shelving, a type of wildlife crossing, to enable safe passage for small animals who need to cross the road. The measure, combined with other types of crossings,...

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Oklahoma schools district offers insight as EPISD, YISD consider shutting schools

El Paso Times

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Tulsa Public Schools drew on expertise across many sectors and extensive neighborhood input to address the issue of thousands of empty seats in local schools. Through a community-focused process, they were able to mindfully close under-utilized schools and better maximize the community's resource...

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How One Weekend in Dallas Sparked a Movement for Urban Change

Next City

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A Dallas urban neighborhood was dilapidated with abandoned storefronts and offered no vitality for pedestrians. A group of artists and community members created Build a Better Block, in which local artisans and small businesses took over a vacant block and transformed it for a limited time to en...

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How Seattle Made Dark Alleys Safer—By Throwing Parties In Them

Yes! Magazine

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Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-up the crime and garbage. As an urban development strategy, adjacent vacant stor...

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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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In India, Latrines Are Truly Lifesavers

The New York Times

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India has had a problem in which 620 million people openly defecate outdoors, causing harm to hygiene, sanitation, food, and water resources. The president of India funded an initiative to build public toilets for the people in his country, but the people did not use them because of old traditio...

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It's Not Just Nice to Share, It's the Future

The New York Times

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New York City’s brand-new Citi Bike program is not just a bike share. It’s the city’s contribution to the new sharing economy, in which people don’t buy things, but buy access to things.

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