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Yes! Magazine

J. Gabriel Ware

26 March 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Access to the internet is an important tool to addressing inequity at the scale of the community and the individual. Detriot’s Equitable Internet Initiative is a coalition of media, tech, and community-based organizat...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Jacob Fenston

Tyrone Turner

26 March 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The Anacostia, which has long been one of the most polluted rivers in the country, has been given a new lease on life, thanks to cleanup efforts and a recent sewer upgrade in D.C. Since water quality has improved, the...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jake Bullinger

21 March 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Conservation groups and land trusts that typically serve rural areas have begun integrating their missions and services in urban communities to battle environmental inequity and blight. In cities like Cleveland and Se...

Bloomberg CityLab

Adina Solomon

20 March 2018

Clarkesville, Georgia, United States

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After a fire destroyed much of downtown Clarkesville, the city invested millions of dollars in properties to restore. Local government leaders sought feedback from community members, and the result was a revitalized d...

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...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

14 February 2018

Liverpool, England

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To combat neighborhood neglect, a group of community members in Granby, a Liverpool neighborhood, took matters into their own hands by creating a community land trust. The land trust raised funds to reconstruct homes ...

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...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

31 January 2018

Preston, United Kingdom

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In 2011, when a huge plan for a sprawling shopping mall halted after the financial crisis, Preston’s future looked bleak. That is, until Matthew Brown, a local government leader, decided to spend money locally, an ide...

Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss

24 January 2018

Minnesota, United States

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Bridges don't last forever without at least some occasional repair, but how do city officials know when an aging bridge is in need of reconstruction? Typically, an individual has to bungee down to inspect it or specia...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

10 January 2018

Medellin, Colombia

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In the 20th century, Colombia’s city of Medellin was a center for drugs and violence. Then the city developed a cable car system that enabled cheap transportation for people to find employment. The cable car system re...

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 Telegraph

Stanley Stewart

4 January 2018

Medellín, Colombia

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Medellín is a hub of growth and innovation, re-born after years of devastating violence. Building a metro system was an early step in the city’s transformation. “It was the first positive thing that had happened in th...

Wall Street Journal

Scott Calvert

Zusha Elinson

Max Rust

27 December 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Certain cities in the United States are facing startlingly high rates of homicide and violence that haven't been seen since the height of gang activity in the 1990s. But certain cities, including Los Angeles, have con...

WEWS-TV

Ron Regan

27 December 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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At the worst point in the 2008 housing crisis, up to 30,000 houses in Cuyahoga County were vacant. The Cuyahoga County Land Bank aims to fix this problem by acquiring houses, eliminating blight, and transforming the h...

San Jose Mercury News

Katy Murphy

16 December 2017

Sacramento, California, United States

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Renewable energy has largely been associate with wealthier consumers, but that is changing with a new initiative that will install solar panels for apartment buildings with low-income residents. The hope is that the m...

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 ...

Mountain Independent

Amy Westervelt

28 November 2017

Tahoe City, California, United States

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Lake Tahoe has been revered by planners as an area whose poor development was successfully halted with the creation of the Tahoe Regional Planning Association (TRPA). Now the TRPA has brought together a development r...

Ensia

Travis Wood

8 November 2017

Michigan, United States

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More golf courses are closing than are opening, allowing the rare opportunity to have open space in an urban environment. Restorations are becoming popular to allow wildlife and humans to make use of the natural space...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

7 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia is one of the poorest cities. Its poverty is a huge concern and feeds into many of the negative aspects of the city. The city is now looking to Smart Cities technology such as smart streetlights, to provi...

High Country News

John Miller

31 October 2017

Farmington, New Mexico, United States

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Small towns like Farmington, New Mexico take advantage of federal funds from Main Street America and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Act in order to revitalize their town centers and boost their local economies. Farmin...

Vice

Emily Weitz

12 October 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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'Tha Flower Factory' is setting out to help provide employment, mentor kids, and restore hopefulness and beauty to the city of Baltimore. This project employs individuals to plant flowers and seeds, helping bring down...

Mother Jones

Vince Beiser

1 October 2017

Duolun, Mongolia

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Overfarming, over-grazing, climate change and population growth are all to blame for turning Duolun County in China's Inner Mongolia region into a bigger desert than it was to begin with. With 87 percent of the area t...

The New York Times

Jack Ewing

21 September 2017

Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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With nearly one in five Germans working in manufacturing, the closing of steel mills and coal mines spelled trouble. Instead of despairing, blue-collar cities such as Dortmund leapt into the future. State and local of...

Bloomberg CityLab

Simone D'Antonio

23 August 2017

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana was once a highly crowded city but since the election of its mayor, the city has become far more green due to a clear strategic plan and efficient mayoral office. The largest impact change was making the dow...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Andrew Yawn

28 July 2017

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Chattanooga's solution to revitalize the city through private-public collaborations could help Montgomery and similar cities do the same. Chattanooga is able to reinvent itself and attract startups and entrepreneurs w...

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