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Hyperallergic

Sara Rose Sharp

27 November 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The Ghana ThinkTank connects planners in the so-called “first world” to planners in the so-called “third world” to challenge notions of development and spread ideas from overlooked sources. For a recent project, plann...

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...

WEWS-TV

Kevin Barry

7 November 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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The Cleveland-based Buckeye Ministry and Missions Alliance has “adopted” five city blocks clearing vacant lots and helping to rehabilitate homes. Their efforts have had a material impact on the appearance of the neigh...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

26 October 2018

Hudson, Massachusetts, United States

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ROC USA, a New Hampshire nonprofit, has helped almost 15,000 mobile homes become part of cooperative ownership setups across the country. The need for this is clear. Many mobile home residents do not own the land on w...

CoLab Radio

Barbara Brown Wilson

12 October 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In the Denby neighborhood of Detroit, the “Detroit Future City” framework led to a community-driven project to improve safety and schools. First, community organizers created the Denby Neighborhood Alliance. They next...

WHYY

Taylor Allen

24 September 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The After School Activities Partnership (ASAP) in Philadelphia offers free and low-cost afterschool and summer activities to students in low-income areas that otherwise do not have access to extracurriculars. ASAP has...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Gillian McGoldrick

19 September 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Citizens Planning Institute has equipped 500 residents with the relationships and the know-how to make a difference at the local level in their communities. The institute is a seven-week course supported by a city...

Christian Science Monitor

Noble Ingram

30 July 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Communities, often low-income neighborhoods or communities of color, that were separated by the construction of highways across America are reconnecting by building "deck parks." The parks include room for public gree...

Concentrate

Claire Charlton

25 July 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Brilliant Detroit is a nonprofit that aims to create “kid success neighborhoods.” It reaches this goal by building over 70 partnerships with organizations throughout the city. From working with Eastern Market to provi...

Yes! Magazine

Kevon Paynter

19 July 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In response to a decline in city services, local Detroiters have begun providing for neighbors out of a sense of goodwill. Detroiters Helping Each Other distributes donated items, ranging from school supplies to beds ...

Urbanet

Laura von Puttkamer

21 June 2018

Mexico City, Mexico

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By participating in the decision-making process, Mexico City residents successfully convinced the government to build a public park instead of an office development. The Parque Imán is 2.4 hectares, includes 163 trees...

Yes! Magazine

Adam Lynch

15 June 2018

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In Jackson, Mississippi, a series of community-led cooperatives are creating opportunities for affordable home ownership. This is part of a trend across the country to create community land trusts. They are financed t...

University of Oregon

Bryana Sena

7 June 2018

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Composting reduces the waste that fill landfills, but it's not always a common practice. Food For Lane County and Compost Crew are two operations in Oregon that are working to change this through local control operati...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Mark Dent

21 May 2018

Oakland, Pennsylvania, United States

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Oakland, California is showing big cities that transit-oriented development is possible. After a decade of planning between public transportation officials, developers, and a neighborhood organization, the Fruitvale T...

Yes! Magazine

Olivia Rosane

7 May 2018

London, England

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A team of London artists revitalized a town by turning an old World War II bomb site into a community garden. They joined forces with locals, who saw the garden as an opportunity to protect the space from being develo...

NMPolitics.net

Heath Haussaman

10 April 2018

Kingston, New Mexico, United States

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Without much support from local governments, unincorporated towns turn to personal connections to sustain themselves. In the towns of Kingston and Hillsboro, in southern New Mexico, residents cherish their social netw...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

2 March 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Fairhill, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia, voter turnout was a mere 12% in one recent election. Fairhill Neighbors, a coalition of neighborhood groups, is seeking to combat lower turnout rates with a personal...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

14 February 2018

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Eleanor Lee is one of many women leading the charge to restore the Granby neighborhood in Liverpool. The few households that remained inhabited after the neighborhood was forgotten came together and formed a community...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Katheryn Houghton

Lewis Kendall

11 February 2018

Belgrade, Montana, United States

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Belgrade, Montana, a city 12 miles outside of Bozeman, uses creative financing and revitalization to ensure its identity remains independent from its rapidly growing and ever-popular adjacent city. While many resident...

Bloomberg CityLab

Mimi Kirk

6 February 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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The diverse Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota is filled with immigrants from all over the world. However, warning signs of gentrification are hinting at rising home prices that threaten the affordability of...

Yes! Magazine

Araz Hachadourian

24 January 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Time-banking is a way of trading goods and skills using labor hours rather than cash. The system connects neighbors to fulfill each other’s needs, everything from bike repairs to cooking and cleaning. More than 2,000 ...

The Boulder Monitor

Jan Anderson

10 January 2018

Boulder, Montana, United States

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Boulder, Montana struggled upon learning that a major local employer, the Montana Developmental Center, was going to close. However, the news pushed the town toward a path of redevelopment. The Boulder Transition Advi...

The Boulder Monitor

Jan Anderson

10 January 2018

Boulder, Montana, United States

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Affordable housing often needs several solutions to make sufficient impact in a community. In Boulder, Montana, several groups and funding sources are working together to keep a diverse stock of affordable housing ava...

Yes! Magazine

Martha Pskowski

9 January 2018

San Agustín, Ecatepec, Mexico

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Abandoned buildings hold great potential. In Ecatepec, friends got together and transformed an empty commercial space into El Banco, a bustling hub of arts and recreation activities open all day for local kids and fam...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Allison Frost

Andrew Dorn

18 December 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Providing people with safety and stability can help to break the poverty cycle. In the Kenton neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, the Kenton Women’s Village provides shelter and support for homeless women. The community...

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