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Vox

Erica Gies

5 September 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Cities across the world, suffering from increased threats of floods and droughts due to climate change, are finding new ways to manage water, such as reclaiming natural waterways and increasing on spot water absorption.

Yes! Magazine

Araz Hachadourian

26 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-...

WHYY

Irina Zhorov

20 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As city leaders reconsider their urban spaces—and particularly, urban waterfronts—through the lens of a post-industrial economy and renewed urbanism, moving urban highways has become more of a priority. Urban planners...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

12 June 2015

Lynch, Kentucky, United States

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After the downturn of the coal industry, 8,000 jobs were lost in Central Appalachia. While some counties are renewed with the help of federal assistance, others find ways to help themselves.

NPR

Maanvi Singh

14 May 2015

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Brown's Super Stores operates seven profitable supermarkets in traditionally food desert neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The founder says it's because they brought together a group of community leaders and asked them e...

Citiscope

Stephanie Johnston

29 April 2015

Adelaide, Australia

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Not long ago, Adelaide was a 9-to-5 town, where restaurants catering to suburban commuters closed once lunch was served. This city's transformation is the product of simple and inexpensive strategies for activating it...

Next City

Mike Lydon

20 April 2015

Dallas, Texas, United States

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A Dallas urban neighborhood was dilapidated with abandoned storefronts and offered no vitality for pedestrians. A group of artists and community members created Build a Better Block, in which local artisans and small...

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...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

6 March 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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SHIELDS for Families works in one of the country's most notoriously dilapidated housing projects to revitalize the neighborhood by providing education, treatment and counseling services.

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...

Politico

Keith Epstein

19 February 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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For years, one of Cleveland's poorest neighborhoods seemed unalterable no matter how many government programs and well-meaning philanthropies got involved; a place where abject poverty, joblessness and crime reinforce...

PennLive

Daniel Simmons-Ritchie

12 January 2015

York, Pennsylvania, United States

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York schools are considering changing public schools into charter schools, following the example of New Orleans and Michigan, in order to help their crumbling school system. The privatization of these schools can help...

Pacific Standard

Sam Quinones

29 December 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that gang-related crime had dropped by nearly half since 2008. The transformation of LA holds lessons for decreasing violent crime through community policing, a foc...

CivicStory

Sonia Schnee

22 December 2014

Paterson, New Jersey, United States

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Paterson, NJ used to be a home to manufacturing industries, many of which no longer exist in New Jersey. Fortunately, old factories are being repurposed in new ways. The oldest textile factory is now thriving as The A...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

11 December 2014

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Investments into the arts serve as significant economic catalysts. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, legacy foundations like the Heinz Endowments, Benedum Foundation, and Richard King Mellon Foundation pooled their resourc...

NationSwell

Courtney Subramanian

10 December 2014

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Most cities may have enacted smoking laws to curb people from lighting up in public, but cigarette butts continue to blanket streets, parks and beaches. Salem, Mass., and New Orleans are two such communities that have...

Yes! Magazine

Penn Loh

7 November 2014

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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By the 1980s, Roxbury and north Dorchester had been devastated by the disinvestment and white flight of the 1960s and 1970s. Racist banking and housing policies (“redlining”) had segregated people of color from opport...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

10 October 2014

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Public-private collaborations can promote entrepreneurship and foster economic revitalization. In the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, partnerships between the city of Columbus, the Franklinton Development ...

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Gregory Scruggs

9 October 2014

Poughkeepsie, New York, United States

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City officials and nonprofit organizations in Poughkeepsie used extensive research and sustainable financing to revitalize an outdated railroad bridge into a bustling park & walkway. Rather than demolish the suspended...

The New York Times

Kate Zernike

31 August 2014

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Since moving to a county-run police department, Camden, N.J., historically one of the nation’s poorest and most dangerous cities, has altered its culture to overcome years of mistrust by developing a personal relation...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 June 2014

Dallas, Texas, United States

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The Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas suffered from recession-closed businesses and crime. Then community members used placemaking, in which people shaped their own environment to improve the quality of life, and the c...

MSNBC

Elissa Curtis

Trymaine Lee

8 April 2014

New York, New York, United States

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In Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood, an organization called Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.) is taking steps to disrupt violence. The organization is modeled after Chicago's violence interrupters, which em...

Politico

Cassie Walker Burke

3 April 2014

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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Huge numbers of students lack the chance to go to college because of financial problems. Recently, Kalamazoo schools received more funding allowing them to have the chance to help and pay for students to then go to co...

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

31 March 2014

Medellín, Colombia

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While the city of Medellín, Colombia was once known as a gritty, crime-ridden area, inclusive urban planning and partnerships with international corporations have turned the city in to an innovative model for policy m...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 February 2014

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Civic leaders in the U.S. struggle to effectively help their distressed neighborhoods. East Lake, Atlanta, created a replicable model that mixes residents of differing socio-economic status, and focuses on education a...

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