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Katy Reckdahl

20 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Community organizing may be the key to a comeback along New Orleans’ Claiborne Avenue. Once home to a booming block of African American-owned businesses, many left once a new expressway demolished the street in the 19...

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Brittany Schock

16 August 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Mankind Murals Inc. began with the goal of “a colorful revitalization of the city.” Luke Beekman, founder of Mankind Murals, was inspired to use public art to change the way residents as well as visitors experience a ...

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Katelyn Newman

7 August 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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In 2016, the Texas Trees Foundation and federal Trust for Public Land partnered to use GIS technology in greening Dallas, Texas, and plant some 1,000 trees to start. Not only does the initiative reduce respiratory pro...

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Sarah Hucal

6 August 2018

Wae Rebo, Indonesia

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The village of Wae Rebo on a remote island in Indonesia was facing the growing issue of generating viable revenue from only their agriculture production. Seizing the opportunity to revitalize the town through a partne...

The New York Times

Julie Bosman

2 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Chicago River, once a place that tourists and locals alike would avoid, is now thriving after over 15 years of redevelopment efforts. Richard M. Daley, mayor at the time, enlisted the help of a Chicago architect t...

The Atlantic

Alana Semuels

2 August 2018

Stockton, California, United States

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Stockton is courting philanthropists by billing itself as a budding hub of innovation for fighting poverty. The city is mitigating the risks of tapping private foundations to fund city services by identifying target p...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

1 August 2018

Brighton, United Kingdom

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The Bevy, a community-owned pub in Brighton, “is about creating an institution to bring together a fragmented community.” One of over 100 pub co-operatives throughout Britain, the Bevy is unique in that is is on a sub...

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Adele Peters

20 July 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Trees are an effective bulwark against summer heat, providing shade and cooling the air as water evaporates from leaves. A collaborative project mapped heat and other considerations in Dallas and picked the neighborho...

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...

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Jaime Velazquez

13 July 2018

Madrid, Spain

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With a little strategic planning, cities can nurture biodiversity in the urban environment. “Sometimes, small actions can bring incredible results,” says Antonio Morcillo, deputy director for conservation of green are...

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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...

The Guardian

Helen Pidd

4 July 2018

Salford, United Kingdom

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A multi-millionaire has poured money into his home suburb of Irlam, buying up empty stores, funding public art projects, and supporting the town center, sports center, health clinic, and train station. Employment is u...

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Sandra Larson

26 June 2018

Akron, Ohio, United States

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The Akron Community Revitalization Fund has already invested in the development of downtown Akron, a city once known for rubber manufacturing but now working to redefine itself. The revolving loan fund is comprised of...

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Sara Hudson

26 June 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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To resolve road construction communications with frustrated drivers, the New Orleans government developed RoadWork NOLA - an app that showed planned road construction. Unfortunately, no one was using it. Instead of gi...

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Eillie Anzilotti

19 June 2018

United States

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Across the country municipalities are repurposing former juvenile detention centers as juvenile incarceration rates have declined and remaking them as places of healing. Each community is different in its approach, wi...

Yes! Magazine

Kevon Paynter

18 June 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The #CommunityTakeBackChallenge in Baltimore “aims to inspire Baltimoreans to revitalize neighborhoods by pooling resources to acquire neglected city-owned and privately owned properties.” This initiative, along with ...

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Anoush Darabi

15 June 2018

The Hague, Netherlands

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As urban farming proves to be a viable solution for the need to produce more food, many find the landscape of city-farming difficult to navigate due to space and expenses. In The Netherlands, however, a handful of sma...

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Oscar Perry Abello

5 June 2018

Chester, Pennsylvania, United States

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Investment from large foundations can often compromise an organization's vision or tie an organization up in debt. In working with major funders, organizers in Chester, Pennsylvania were careful to select funders that...

Yes! Magazine

Lewis Wallace

22 May 2018

Laurinburg, North Carolina, United States

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Growing Change, a rural North Carolina youth organization that focuses on keeping kids out of jail, focuses on flipping prisons to not only revitalize and bring environmentally friendly practices to the community but ...

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J. Gabriel Ware

17 May 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Detroit Hives has a twofold mission of reducing urban blight and protecting bees. The nonprofit organization purchases low-cost vacant lots and transforms them into farms for bee hives. Its creative partnerships with ...

The Western News

John Blodgett

17 May 2018

Libby, Montana, United States

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A town once plagued by a reputation of being an asbestos Superfund site as well as having been hit by the timber wars, Libby, Montana is back on the map. Lincoln County commissioner, Mark Peck of Libby, the county sea...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Brad Harper

11 May 2018

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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A surprising anchor business in Birmingham helped bring growth to the city: Avondale Brewing Co. Since the brewery opened seven years ago, restaurants and bands have flocked to the city, and the population as well as ...

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Serena Maria Daniels

2 May 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In an effort to brainstorm ideas to revitalize Detroit's West Riverfront Park, the city sent community members around the country to see what's working in other cities. After coming back with ideas, the community memb...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

10 April 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Shift Capital, a mission-driven real estate group in Philadelphia, tried a new tactic to bring business back to an old neighborhood. The Kensington Avenue Storefront Challenge asked businesses to apply for open storef...

The Guardian

Kevin Rushby

29 March 2018

York, United Kingdom

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Revive local high streets by creating informal spaces for people to linger. That’s the lesson from Bishopthorpe Road in York. Once barely hanging on, Bishy Road’s fortunes changed when shopkeepers decided to band toge...

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