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The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

22 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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New York City plans to close the eight jail complex located on Rikers Island and replace it with a series of four smaller, community-integrated facilities in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. While the admin...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

27 February 2019

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Amager Bakke is a powerplant in Copenhagen that is designed to get residents of the city engaged in a conversation about where waste goes, all while burning up to 400,000 tons of waste a year, powering 60,000 homes, a...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

6 February 2019

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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As gentrification drives involuntary displacement in Denver, Colorado, the city planners elsewhere in Colorado aim to avoid the same fate by instituting policy safeguards. Fort Collins has put in extra protection for ...

Herald Scotland

Elle Duffy

26 January 2019

Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, Scotland

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The Isle of Arran became Scotland's first Plastic Free Community when they were accredited by the Surfers Against Sewage for their efforts to reduce plastic usage in their community. They credit their success to the h...

OZY

Justin Higginbottom

23 January 2019

Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

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The number of public spaces across Asia are shrinking rapidly due to the increasing rate of urbanization that brings with it highways and department stores instead of traditional spacious areas. A combination of grass...

International Examiner

Amy Zimmer

Chetanya Robinson

11 November 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Grassroots organizations, like the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, seek to preserve Chinatown’s heritage and fight the displacement of old-time residents by gentrification. The organizations bought an historic hotel t...

The New Yorker

Eric Klinenberg

23 August 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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By cleaning up thousands of abandoned buildings and vacant lots, the city of Philadelphia caused sharp declines in violence and other crime in a program that has become a model for cities nationwide. The cleanup progr...

Bloomberg CityLab

Lynn Freehill-Maye

13 July 2018

Miami, Florida, United States

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Redesigning an alley expands commercial space and brings life to a city. Long-neglected side streets across the United States are getting makeovers both by citizens and developers. Miami’s Jade Alley is a particularly...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

5 July 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Even as cities fight gentrification, residents are often consulted late in urban planning, if at all. Cat Goughnour is pushing for change in Portland. Her consulting group ran a series of workshops, resulting in commu...

Bloomberg CityLab

Anthony Flint

11 May 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In Boston, one solution to homelessness could be as simple as the new Plugin House, a prototype of a tiny house that is affordable and easy to assemble. As cities across the country struggle to provide enough affordab...

Bloomberg CityLab

Annette Becker

Lessano Negussie

30 April 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen is a highly livable city, thanks to policies that focus on making streets safe and convenient to walk. The bigger the city, the worse it is to design urban spaces only with cars in mind, says planner and ar...

GeekWire

Gregory Scruggs

19 April 2018

Pristina, Serbia

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Popular video game Minecraft, an easy-to-use game where users construct the world around them, has been used by UN-Habitat in 40 projects across 35 cities in 25 countries to design public spaces. The accessible platfo...

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Nick Fouriezos

17 January 2018

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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The South has not historically been known as a place to work in a tech startup, but Birmingham is changing that perception. Now, venture capitalists, a local university, and the government are pouring funding into hig...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

6 December 2017

New York, United States

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The Regional Plan Association is a research and urban planning organization. They are deeply influential in the urban planning in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut metropolitan area. The regional planning process ...

Keystone Crossroads

Kevin McCorry

29 August 2017

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Part 1 of 3 - A progressive funding model has been a boon to schools in Berlin’s poorer neighborhoods, which receive a baseline of staff and resources that would make them the envy of many of their counterparts in Pen...

Keystone Crossroads

Kevin McCorry

29 August 2017

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Part 2 of 3 in Series "The Social Wall: Universal Lessons in Berlin's Attempt to Integrate Schools" - A progressive funding model has been a boon to schools in Berlin’s poorer neighborhoods, which receive a baseline o...

How We Get to Next

Christine Ro

8 February 2017

United States

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From gender-segregated buses in Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro, to more lighting and staff on Washington, D.C.’s metro system, cities around the world are taking steps to make public transportation safer for women. Some of ...

Detroit Free Press

Matt Helms

1 November 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Five years ago, Detroit created a program called Live Midtown to encourage business growth and homeownership in the area. The aim of bringing more people to live in the neighborhood has been exceedingly successful, an...

The Hechinger Report

Meredith Kolodner

14 July 2015

New York, New York, United States

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The overall graduation rate for black male students in New York City was 58 percent in 2014 - student retention rates are equally poor. But one school achieved a 100% on-time graduation rate last year, motivating thei...

Toronto Star

Sara Mojtehedzadeh

18 April 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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After decades of economic and social despair that once saw it named the poorest big city in America, Cleveland has become a model of revitalization, thanks to a unique “anchor strategy” that harnesses the immense weal...

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

26 February 2015

San Diego, California, United States

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Former Bogotá mayor Antonas Mockus has implemented his Citizenship Culture Survey, which measures local public opinions on legal culture, behavior regulation systems, mobility, tolerance, tax culture, public safety, a...

Bloomberg CityLab

Clare Foran

6 September 2013

Vienna, Australia

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Gender mainstreaming is the practice of creating “laws, rules and regulations that benefit men and women equally. The goal is to provide equal access to city resources.” Since the 90s the city of Vienna has adopted th...

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