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Golden could be the first Colorado city to lower the minimum voting age to 16

From www.orton.org

Bella Macarelli regularly discusses the big issues of the day — politics, immigration, gun control — with her classmates at Golden High School.

She says her age (she turns 16 in November) shouldn’t preclude her and her friends from bringing those lofty thoughts from the schoolyard to the ballot box.

“Most of the votes you would get are from students who care and are well informed,” Macarelli said. “We have highly intelligent conversations in class.”
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Sustainable Architecture: The Beauty Behind Energy

From cleantechnica.com

As we enter a more environmentally-conscious age, we need to inevitably build more ecologically responsible and sustainable cities.
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Your Voice, Your Choice Wraps Up Second Year with 51 Project Selections »

From www.theurbanist.org

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has wrapped up a second year of its citywide participatory voting program, Your Voice Your Choice (YVYC), to select projects with a street or park focus to receive community funding. Formerly the funding had been allocated by the department’s District Neighborhood Councils under a program called Neighborhood Park and Streets
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The case for a public, democratic, municipal API in Toronto

From medium.com

Web developers at Sidewalk Labs — the Google-funded, New York based private firm that is working on a tech-first waterfront neighbourhood in Toronto — have been busy. While the New York based…
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NYC Planning Labs, One Year In

From medium.com

In the past twelve months we’ve moved extremely fast, not only shipping innovative digital planning tools, but also setting a major precedent for the use of agile methods, human-centered design, and…
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Need help understanding the city budget? Grab a toy car and get to work.

From denverite.com

Warm Cookies of the Revolution has built a massive Rube Goldberg machine to get you thinking about participatory budgeting.
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'This summer doesn't belong in Scandinavia': stories of heat around the world 

From www.theguardian.com

From Hawaii to the Netherlands and France to South Korea readers have shared their reactions to recent record temperatures
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Who Do You Imagine When You Imagine Biking in Cities – Next City

From nextcity.org

New book challenges biking advocates and racial justice advocates to expand their imaginations around biking.
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‘We’re trying to bring a lot of fun’: Winnipeg Downtown BIZ on pop-up parks

From globalnews.ca

There is a little extra green space for people to enjoy in the heart of the city this summer, thanks to a Downtown Winnipeg BIZ pop-up park pilot project.
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ShapeLab Toronto’s Innovation & Co-Creation Pilot: “Everyone is King” Design Challenge

From www.citybuildinginstitute.ca

By Patrice Mitchell The Backstory   The King Street Transit Pilot rolled out in November 2017 to free streetcars from mixed traffic and prioritize the 72,000 daily transit riders along this ro…
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London’s smart city plan aims to connect its disparate governments

From apolitical.co

London has set out a vision to transform core services for the digital age. The city wants to reform its disparate governing bodies so they can share data better and collaborate more effectively on service design. The Smarter London Together roadmap, a plan to make the British capital the “world’s smartest city” published on 11 June, announces a common set of standards and design principle
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How Cities are Using Drones

From www.smartresilient.com

With a dramatic increase in the use of drones among public safety agencies, the varying use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) ranges widely across the country. From traffic and crowd control to whale rescue and pest control, state and local smart city planners are discovering the benefits of drone technology, while facing privacy and security challenges.
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How Chicago's Tradition of Civic Organizing Inspired the Best in Civic Tech

From www.govtech.com

Chi Hack Night has become a national model for sustainable and successful volunteer civic technology projects.
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Solving India's most pressing challenges with civic tech

From medium.com

Omidyar Network is launching an accelerator program in partnership with Village Capital that will help train and invest in early-stage civic tech ventures in India.
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Spokane’s Community Assembly serves as bridge between the city and its neighborhoods

From www.spokesman.com

The Spokane City Council stays connected through one of the city’s best-kept secrets: the Community Assembly.
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Downtown Vancouver newspaper boxes flipping to ‘free little libraries’

From vancouversun.com

Where once Downtown Vancouver residents and visitors could find free newspapers, they will now find books to share. 
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School engagement that's almost too good to be true

From www.participatorybudgeting.org

Last year, we shared the very wonderful story of how Participatory Budgeting (PB) was introduced at P.S. 139, a local elementary school in Brooklyn where Miro (the son of our co-Executive Director Josh Lerner) goes to school.  PB addressed a sincere need at P.S. 139: a need to connect with families at a school of nearly…
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London Plan: The need for data collection throughout the planning process

From futurecities.catapult.org.uk

In cities across the UK digital technology is changing how we live, but the planning system is struggling to keep up. Airbnb and co-housing are changing the structure of our housing markets, yet we assess housing need in the same way we did 20 years ago. New digital street furniture is offering unlimited WiFi in exchange for targeted advertising, yet we still give them planning permission in the same way we would an ordinary advertising hoarding.
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Obama Foundation makes unique library deal for Obama Presidential Center

From chicago.suntimes.com

The Obama Center will not include an official federal government-run presidential library; instead, it will host a Chicago Public Library branch.
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Los Angeles Tests the Power of ‘Play Streets’ 

From www.nytimes.com

In the Boyle Heights neighborhood, a design intervention led by residents and activists unveils a “playground in a box” to reclaim streets for public life.
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Council launches new Community Engagement and Outreach Van

From www.mudgeeguardian.com.au

Mid-Western Regional Council has launched its new Community Engagement and Outreach Van to be used locally for consultation activities and state-wide to promote the area.
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Cities across U.S. using New Haven-made app to reach residents

From www.nhregister.com

When I met Ben Berkowitz in a New Haven cafe to talk about the SeeClickFix platform his company developed, I figured we'd walk around the neighborhood so I could see how the app worked.

If we could find a problem to report, we'd have the full experience in real time on a rainy Tuesday.

After 10 years in business, SeeClickFix has about 330 clients, mostly cities and towns - including Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Detroit - along with some universities and other organizations with campuses.

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