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For More Citizen Engagement, One Town Turns to Video Calls

From www.governing.com

A Miami suburb might be the first in the nation to let residents participate in -- not just watch -- public meetings from anywhere they have an internet connection.
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How Abandoned Big-Box Stores Can Bring Communities Together

From nextcity.org

What do a BMX center, a church and an international marketplace have in common? Finding creative reuses of derelict commercial space that spark connections between people.
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Why Is It So Hard to Make a Website for the Government?

From www.nytimes.com

When a team of young idealists tried to make a website for California’s food-stamp system, they learned just how complicated it can be to redesign the public sector.
August Garcia's curator insight, February 21, 3:37 AM

TFW the US government spent over a billion dollars on healthcare.gov.

Civic Tech: A list of questions we’d like Sidewalk Labs to answer

From torontoist.com

The first public meeting for Sidewalk Toronto is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 1. The free tickets to register “sold out” within a day of being posted. The event is currently wait-listed. It will be live-streamed on the Waterfront Toronto Facebook page, the Sidewalk Toronto Facebook page, and the Sidewalk
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'We need more people to go by bike': meet Amsterdam's nine-year-old junior cycle mayor

From www.theguardian.com

As the world’s first junior cycle mayor, Lotta Crok wants to draw attention to the obstacles kids on bikes face – and inspire other children to cycle
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Philadelphia Adopts Smart City Road Map

From www.govtech.com

The document gives the city a foundation for evaluating how technology can improve the lives of residents, serve economic development efforts or other civic purposes.
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Fake lakes: the cities transformed by artificial 'natural' attractions

From www.theguardian.com

Tuzla draws crowds with its salt lakes and Barcelona’s manmade beach is a hit – but are they a sustainable form of regeneration?
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Finding the Sweet Spot for a Sustainable Nonprofit Grocery in D.C.

From nextcity.org

Balancing product mix, funding sources and community engagement in a cutthroat business sector with historically low margins.
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The City within a Garden

From nextcity.org

How Some Cities Are Restoring Nature and Tapping the Power of Ecosystems to Enhance and Protect Urban Life.

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How cutting a hole in an L.A. fence opened the door to innovation in New Haven

From medium.com

Just to be clear: Ben Berkowitz doesn’t want you break any laws. But he does think urbanists can do a lot of good in their communities by pushing the limits. That’s a lesson Berkowitz, CEO and…
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Shenzhen's silent revolution: world's first fully electric bus fleet quietens Chinese megacity

From www.theguardian.com

All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric, and soon all 22,000 taxis will be too
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Civic Tech and Fine Arts Team-Up to Tackle Climate Change

From www.govtech.com

Fueled by a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Anchorage, Alaska, is building a lab inside an art museum for artists, designers, engineers and the community to team-up to tackle climate change.
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South Bend’s Mayor on What Local Governments Can Learn From Estonia

From www.routefifty.com

The Indiana city’s new mobility-as-a-service pilot is helping low-income shift workers commute for free.
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Blueprint Denver has designs on a better city 

From denverite.com

A dozen pages in Blueprint Denver, essentially staff policy proposals on which City Council will rule, suggest approaches to ensuring our city’s architecture does reflect our society and our aspirations.
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Where Residents, Politics, and Government Meet - two case studies from Philadelphia

From www.newamerica.org

How can cities improve local government and civic engagement at the same time? Two case studies in Philadelphia may have answers.
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Chicago DOT Develops Parklet Prototype to Encourage Hanging Out

From nextcity.org

"We thought hard about how could make the most flexible and unique design that everyone could build.”
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Five reasons to get excited about Toronto’s new Civic Innovation Office

From medium.com

In Canada’s largest city, a new Civic Innovation Office is doing procurement differently. They’re inviting entrepreneurs, innovators and other from outside of City Hall to participate in the process.
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Doing data differently – Greensboro’s evolving open data program

From sunlightfoundation.com

The City of Greensboro, North Carolina used public requests for information to help build an open data portal that was responding directly to residents’ needs. The City took a resident-informed approach to open data, and as a result, has seen public records requests drop off in comparison to nationa
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Streets Aren’t the Only Thing That Connects Your City —

From www.strongtowns.org

In Akron, Ohio an alternative-news monthly called The Devil Strip serves to identify, connect and inspire people throughout the community. The newspaper helps bring Akronites together to envision and shape the city’s future.
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Uniquely Different: How we make civic tech “work” in our small city 

From medium.com

August 18th marked the fifth year Code for Asheville has participated in the National Day of Civic Hacking. Members of the Asheville community showed up to learn how to request public records…
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11 Must-See Art Installations, Inspired By Solar Panels

From cleantechnica.com

We all know that solar is a practical, smart investment. It’s good for the environment, frees people to control their own electricity production and is one of the fastest-growing industries

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Meet the Midnight Runners: 'It bonds us with the city' | Cities | The Guardian

From www.theguardian.com

A community of night-time runners who soundtrack their jaunts to bass-heavy dance music is changing the face of urban running
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