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Republican American

Ethan Fry

Amanda Cuda

26 August 2019

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Springfield, Massachusetts leaned into urban renewal and public-private partnerships to keep their local economy alive amid the manufacturing downfall. Now, Bridgeport - a town of similar size and economic fate - look...

Nonprofit Quarterly

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Tina Anderson Smith

Elizabeth Sawin

22 August 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A collaboration between an Atlanta-based nonprofit and an international climate organization sparked the Just Growth Circle, an initiative that brings topics like racial equity, economic justice, and climate change to...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

31 July 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Minneapolis serves as a model for other cities as it addresses the affordable housing crisis by de-incentivizing the development of single-family houses. By changing zoning laws to benefit the construction of duplexes...

The Connecticut Mirror

Tom Condon

29 July 2019

New Britain, Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut cities like New Britain are taking a comprehensive approach to urban planning, incorporating public transportation and economic equity structures into redevelopment plans. By investing in "transit-oriented...

Smart Cities Dive

Katie Pyzyk

2 July 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Creating and supporting local food systems requires public-private partnerships in urban planning. Across the United States, nonprofit organizations such as Trees Atlanta in Georgia successfully work with cities to op...

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...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

27 June 2019

Paris, France

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Philadelphia, like many US cities, struggles with traffic congestion and the environmental and financial costs of sitting in traffic; however, in looking at the way Paris has adopted pedestrian-friendly streets, Phill...

WEWS-TV

Camryn Justice

26 June 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Through expansive demolition and rehabilitation services, the Cuyahoga County Land Bank is estimated to have made a $1.43 billion impact to Cleveland and surrounding communities. The land bank focuses on renewing blig...

The Connecticut Mirror

Tom Condon

24 June 2019

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In the middle of the 20th century, the Housing Act of 1949 launched cities across the city into a downtown reconstruction frenzy, the often to no avail; in the modern renewal movement, cities try to get it right. Citi...

Republican American

Michael Puffer

22 June 2019

Newburgh, New York, United States

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A land bank in Newburgh, New York has revitalized dozens of blighted homes around the community, helping to turn city around. The land bank, which offers preferences to locals when selling renewed homes, now serves as...

High Country News

Liz Weber

17 June 2019

Sisters, Oregon, United States

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Coordination and planning can prove to be the best defensive measures against wildfires. Funded by the US Forest Service, the Community Planning Assistance for Wild Program (CPAW) promotes community fire adaptation, i...

Republican American

Michael Puffer

3 June 2019

Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

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After years of developmental stagnancy, the city of Waterbury, Connecticut puts into action a way for developers to renew buildings without having to take financial responsibility for previous owners' environmental wa...

Republican American

Harrison Connery

3 June 2019

Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

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A development firm in Bridgeport, CT relies on public-private partnerships to fund renewal of blighted sites into upgraded buildings, including a brand new charter school. With a mix of government and low-income housi...

Pacific Standard

David A. King

22 May 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In the uncertain, ever-shifting landscape of new technology startups trying to change urban mobility, city officials need to prioritize two criteria: mobility policy must promote equity and ensure that options are ava...

The Guardian

Angelique Chrisafis

20 May 2019

Mulhouse, France

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Mulhouse, a small city in France, brushed off its negative reputation and used community networking, clever financing, and urban renewal as tools to become a bustling center once again. The town relied on many communi...

Richland Source

Tracy Geibel

17 May 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Mansfield, Ohio leaders look to cities across the country for inspiration from successes - and lessons from failures - to help them rebuild their downtown brand. From Austin, Texas, to Fargo, South Dakota, these succe...

Hakai Magazine

Tyee Bridge

14 May 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Around the world, scientists are eco-engineering urban waterfront areas to encourage marine species diversity. Seattle’s Central Waterfront area was recently enhanced with a textured and angled concrete sea wall to en...

The Guardian

Elle Hunt

14 May 2019

Vienna, Austria

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Vienna, Austria uses a tactic called "gender mainstreaming" to ensure that urban planning equally takes into account lives of women and men around the city. While architecture and urban planning have traditionally bee...

Oakland North

Katey Rusch

14 May 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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The city of Oakland reviewed the process for distributing city funds in order to efficiently address equity in community projects. Oakland officials and community members created a scoring system that ranks each proj...

Apolitical

Eve Livingston

13 May 2019

Delhi, India

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Recent efforts to bring a gender perspective, especially a feminist one, to urban planning are making cities safer and more inclusive. One Indian app called SafetiPin crowdsources ratings of public spaces based on var...

The New York Times

Richard Schiffman

10 May 2019

New York, United States

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In the United States, most playgrounds are equipped with the same types of monkey bars, slides and swings, but a few are replacing these typical options with "dismembered store mannequins, wooden packing crates, tires...

WBBM-TV

Vince Gerasole

8 May 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The focus on sound comes at a time when open kitchens and industrial hard-surface designs entice diners’ eyes, but might strain their ears.

The Guardian

Paula Hardy

30 April 2019

Venice, Italy

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Sustainable initiatives around Venice, Italy tackle the growing number of tourists flooding into the city each year. From waste management strategies to the implementation of resources to drive tourists to locally own...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jason Plautz

30 April 2019

Westminster, Colorado, United States

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Haunted by a 1962 drought in the town of Westminster, Colorado, the city's planners now incorporate water data in their planning processes to ensure that they never face the same sourcing issues again. By breaking dow...

The New York Times

Tom Acitelli

30 April 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To bridge the gap between the growing demand for co-working office spaces and the downfall of retail malls, developers across the nation convert abandoned storefronts into public work space for freelancers, entreprene...

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