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Citiscope

Gregory Scruggs

30 January 2017

Vancouver, Canada

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Implementing and maintaining healthy urban forests is becoming more popular throughout communities internationally. Results from cities that have moved in this direction not only include an improvement to community an...

The Tennessean

David Plazas

29 January 2017

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is developing a comprehensive strategy for affordable housing to help address the challenges of rising property prices and gentrification for the city's poor and minorities. The city is hel...

Chicago Reporter

Kalyn Belsha

24 January 2017

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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When public schools close, what can communities do with the buildings? Kansas City hired an urban planner to help repurpose school buildings to better engage the community and enabled non-profits a chance to purchase ...

Politico

Colin Woodard

18 January 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In Salt Lake City, a bipartisan coalition of public and private actors, including members of the business, industrial, religious, political, and civic communities voluntarily came together to pass an ambitious twenty ...

KBUT Community Radio

Chad Reich

9 December 2016

Telluride, Colorado, United States

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Late-night disturbances. Unfamiliar cars. As short-term rentals became common in Telluride, nuisance concerns rose too. In response, the town council passed an ordinance, defining short-term rentals as stays of less t...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

5 December 2016

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Rotterdam, a port city once at the center of trade and commerce, is now threatened by climate change. The city has responded to this threat by totally transforming itself into a hub for sustainable design. It embraces...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

5 December 2016

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Civic leaders and other actors met with Pittsburgh residents and housing developers in order to create a policy brief-Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh. Information is still being accrued, as the...

Citiscope

Patralekha Chatterjee

17 November 2016

Mysuru, India

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Mysuru has become a gleaming example for solutions to India's vaster struggles with solid-waste management, toilet construction, sanitation strategy, public outreach, and other measures. The city uses a decentralized ...

Quartz

Cassie Werber

2 November 2016

Oslo, Norway

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In response to the demographic movement to urban environments, Oslo is redesigning its public spaces in a more organic way. Its focus is to think over the long term at a slow pace and help people become part of the en...

Metromode

Patrick Dunn

13 October 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Detroit is a large city that doesn’t have a regional transit system. Other cities such as Cleveland, St. Louis, and Las Vegas have resolved their some of their transportation needs and are examples to learn from as De...

Vox

Johnny Harris

1 August 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Favelas, what some people might perceive as gang-filled slums surrounding the developed part of Rio de Janeiro, are in fact brimming with creative resilience that demonstrates the ingenuity of people in the face of a ...

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Jon Geeting

25 July 2016

United States

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Substitutes for city parking requirements are becoming increasingly popular throughout the United States. Rather than using off-street parking, many housing developers now provide residents with alternatives that prom...

Government Technology

Ashish Sharma

1 July 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Twenty-first century cities face the factors of climate change with intensity as urban heating threatens human and the earth’s health. The University of Notre Dame has conducted research on green and cool roofing proj...

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Christine Ro

27 June 2016

Bucharest, Romania

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In Romania, citizens have led an organizing effort to create their first urban nature park, a particularly important achievement because civilian and government collaborations can be difficult in Bucharest. After four...

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Jim Saksa

24 June 2016

Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, many cities face challenges in implementing Complete Street policies to improve street and transportation safety in urban cores. The cities and organizations that have done this successfully offer ide...

The Huffington Post

Magda Abu-Fadil

13 June 2016

Helinski, Finland

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Helinski's 'Smart Kalasatama' neighborhood is being planned by city officials, and supported by private investors, to be a vision for the future. Resource efficiency, technology start-ups and modern public transport a...

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

18 May 2016

Brownsville, Texas, United States

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In an attempt to address liver disease, diabetes, obesity and other health issues, Brownsville has launched a comprehensive, cohesive approach to promoting health, being named a model for other communities across the ...

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Eleanor Klibanoff

12 May 2016

Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania is the second most flood prone state in the United States. Many city and county governments, however, are working to prevent and protect the state from detrimental damage. They have created sustainable in...

National Geographic

Jacob Kushner

18 April 2016

Tsavo, Kenya

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As a new railway is built in Kenya, conservationists are using satellite collars to study elephant movement and how they interact with the transport system. There are some overpasses at various points throughout the t...

The Post Crescent

Keegan Kyle

17 March 2016

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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The state of Wisconsin has a teen suicide rate three-times greater than the national average. Lawmakers have scrambled to address and provide greater access to mental health services in the state by offering temporary...

The New York Times

Emma G. Fitzsimmons

15 February 2016

Bergen, New Jersey, United States

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The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, across the river from New York City, offers a look at the benefits and challenges of a street-level transit line.

Bloomberg CityLab

Alec Appelbaum

9 February 2016

Pleasantville, New York, United States

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To break through gridlock on fair housing, city planners, citizens, and government officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic: Using a simulation game to try out different development scenario...

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Catesby Holmes

8 February 2016

São Paulo, Brazil

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The Western Hemisphere’s biggest city has developed a model blueprint for progressive housing policy in developing countries, in large part by affirming squatters' rights and demanding a certain percentage of low-inco...

The New York Times

Emma G. Fitzsimmons

1 January 2016

New York, New York, United States

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A second year of decline demonstrates that a project to reduce traffic fatalities works, said a safety advocate, who called on the mayor to expand the effort, termed Vision Zero, which lowers speed limits and raises e...

Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

23 December 2015

Bologna, Italy

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Bologna is demonstrating the utility of allowing citizens to help with projects in cash-strapped cities. A new policy makes it easier for citizens to head city projects and to participate in guiding the future of the ...

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