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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...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte

28 January 2020

Waianae, Hawaii, United States

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When blight and crime took over a treasured seaside park on Oahu and police seemed unable to help, a community group reclaimed the park and made it safe again by helping the people encamped there and cleaning up the s...

The Progressive

Laurie Mazur

1 December 2019

Orange, New Jersey, United States

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Around the United States, small-town institutions are shuttering and communal ties are weakening, all less than positive signs for the fate of democracy. But in Orange, New Jersey, Mindy Fullilove and other congregant...

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Nick Fouriezos

25 November 2019

Napa, California, United States

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From Google's India-focused app Neighbourly to the wellknown Nextdoor app, social media specifically targeted at connecting neighbors is gaining ground. Whether being used to rate neighborhood attractions, encourage b...

The New York Times

Amy Zipkin

18 November 2019

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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To enhance air travel, the F.A.A. rolled out a system that enables airplanes to fly closer together using GPS, rather than the traditional radar locators. But residents near these new flight paths have risen up to con...

Yes! Magazine

Biba Adams

4 November 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Whereas urban farms provide supplemental nutrition, agricultural neighborhoods make farming one of their central features. In Detroit, Michigan, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) has grown from a local comm...

Richland Source

Noah Jones

1 November 2019

Hilliard, Ohio, United States

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Involving a community can bring value to public art. Following protracted discussions, the Hilliard Public Arts Commission succeeded in drawing up guidelines with the approval of the city as well as securing a small p...

Energy News Network

Kari Lydersen

15 October 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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After the homeowners association denied his request to install solar panels on his roof due to their aesthetic, Indianapolis-resident Joey Myles used SolarSkin to disguise the panels to look like asphalt shingles. The...

Belt Magazine

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

13 September 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Working toward environmental justice takes organizing on the community level. In Detroit, the Women of Empowerment promote resilience against the adverse effects of climate change on the city’s east side by spearheadi...

La Noticia

Cristina Bolling

9 September 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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When the mobile park they lived in was sold and evictions were imminent, residents of Oakhaven banded together to demand relocation packages and other rights. While they were eventually forced out, they succeeded in w...

Soapbox Cincinnati

Jim DeBrosse

27 August 2019

Ohio, United States

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Grassroots movements made up of ordinary citizens can go a long way in creating change. This article details several initiatives across Ohio that were led by citizens using a combination of lobbying, education, persis...

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Chad Small

26 August 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Eliminating food deserts is a community effort. Thanks to work of members, volunteers, and other partners of the East New York Farmers’ Market (ENYF), the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, formerly troubled by a...

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Emily Nonko

8 August 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Partnerships between nonprofits strengthen efforts to promote economic justice. Working together, several nonprofits focused on economic and restorative justice in Oakland have succeeded in opening Restore Oakland, a ...

The New York Times

Julia Hotz

18 July 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Feeling isolated often leads to increased feelings of loneliness, but is also a reason why new meet-ups such as Tea With Strangers are becoming widely used as a solution. Based on the idea that strangers can become mo...

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Tom Colls

2 July 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A U.S. company, Flock Safety, has developed a security and surveillance system that allows residents to monitor the color, model, and license plate of every car entering their neighborhood. The system uses car license...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

2 July 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Shared expressions of community and fellowship are fostering a non-partisan approach to civic engagement. The nonprofit Citizen University, based in Seattle, Washington, provides small grants to trained community lead...

The Devil Strip

Colleen Carroll

1 July 2019

Middlebury, Ohio, United States

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The town of Middlebury, Ohio organizes community walking audits that allow residents to actively relay concerns and complaints about their community. The audits focus on neighborhood improvement and encourage active c...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

11 June 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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In Newark, New Jersey, an organization called Creative New Jersey brought together over 300 people to take part in over 50 different community improvement conversations during a convening called Call to Collaboration....

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Oscar Perry Abello

30 May 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Public investment campaigns can raise capital and attract larger institutional investors. In the neighborhood of West Oakland, the Community Foods Market opened its doors by raising funds through a Direct Public Offer...

Half Moon Bay Review

Libby Leyden

15 May 2019

San Mateo, California, United States

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San Mateo County’s coastside residents have created their own, volunteer-based disaster response system. Considering that they make up just 5% of the county’s population, and are just as much at risk for natural disas...

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

Katherine Webb-Hehn

8 May 2019

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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From city-wide efforts to faith-based interventions to public health approaches, the city of Birmingham, Alabama is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to ending gun violence in the city. The city has been deeply aff...

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Marisa Demarco

28 March 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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After years of asking the city of Albuquerque to light their streets, the community group, Light the District has started doing it on their own. Recognizing that unlit streets can lead to crime and injuries, the group...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Julian Hernandez

26 March 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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A Phoenix nonprofit called Chicanos Por La Causa serves the Latino communities across the Southwest through education, housing, health services, and more. Their job fair, created to celebrate the opening of their new ...

World Economic Forum

Alex Gray

21 January 2019

Kamikatsu, Shikoku, Japan

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Kamikatsu, a small Japanese village on an island, is on track to become a zero-waste village. The community is made up of only 1,700 residents and—through a combination of community conversations and sorting the waste...

Grist

Nathanael Johnson

14 January 2019

Nevada City, California, United States

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In wildfire-prone Nevada County, California, community squads that do controlled burns are on the rise. According to the Nevada County fire council, some 23 associations are active, while about 50 more are forming. By...

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