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Why Detroiters Didn't Trust City Tree-Planting Efforts

From www.citylab.com

A new study finds that Detroit residents who rejected "free trees" knew the benefits of the urban tree canopy, but distrusted the city's motives and process.
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Finding common ground by defining our differences: a useful map of public engagement discourses

From www.publicengagement.ac.uk

Neil Stoker, Visiting Researcher at St. George’s University of London, found the landmark review of engagement studies by Jude Fransman in the latest issue of Research for All enlightening…
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How Cities Can Harness the Good – and Avoid the Bad – of the New Mobility Movement

From thecityfix.com

In late September, London made headlines when it stripped popular ride-hailing app Uber of its license to operate in the city. The wall-to-wall coverage that followed the decision was a sign, if any more were needed, that we are on the cusp of an...

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Small (City) Pieces, Loosely Joined by abhi nemani

From medium.com

Just as important as any technology is the infrastructure in place to sustain it: human, financial, and technical. When approaching this question — “what do we do?” —we need to have clarity on the systems and structures a city needs to have in place (in-house or not) for sustainable, meaningful innovation. Fortunately, over the past few years, we have seen a number of models emerge for governments keen on leveraging modern technology and modern approaches.
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Building Technology With, Not For Communities: An Engagement Guide for Civic Tech 

From medium.com

We need to invest more in the “civic” in civic tech — prioritizing community leadership in the creation of tech above the tools themselves.

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How the shutdown affects open data

From fcw.com

Developers rely on government data to build public-facing apps and services, and a lapse in appropriations can make things complicated.
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What Tech Will Look Like in 2039

From www.pcmag.com

We asked futurists, tech execs, academics, researchers, and a sci-fi writer to imagine our tech-driven society in 20 years. Take a peek into the future.
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What can virtual reality do for you?

From www.rics.org

Virtual reality in real estate is no longer just an idea – here is what it can look like in practice, says Andrew Pryke of BAM Design.
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The Scientist as Civic Partner – Infogagement

From medium.com

At a conference I attended a couple of years ago, a professor presented the results of a survey on what motivates scientists to engage with the public. The top reason scientists gave was to defend…
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Connecticut’s First State Data Plan

From www.govtech.com

Plus, New York City codifies its office of data analytics, U.S. Congress votes to approve the OPEN Government Data Act, Buffalo, N.Y., wins an award from the New York secretary of state for its local data work, and more.
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The Year We Wised Up About 'Smart Cities' - When Tech Companies Promise 'Smart Cities,' Be Afraid

From www.citylab.com

Technology companies aren't really built to fix society. So maybe think twice about letting them rebuild urban spaces.
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Top posts of 2018: Most efforts to control traffic don’t work. Here are four things that do. 

From ggwash.org

Whether it’s an apartment building, shopping center, or a mixed-use project, ostensibly well-intentioned residents regularly cite worsening traffic as the reason to stop new development. However, the most common methods communities push for to alleviate congestion make it worse, while the things that actually help usually face strong pushback.
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Here's what we need for civic tech to flourish in government

From apolitical.co

More open data, better digital services and a govtech marketplace are key to the future of digital government in the US and abroad.
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Improving government digital services: 7 takeaways from 2018

From medium.com

The past year has brought increased clarity around the steps government needs to take in order to deliver better services to the public. Open standards, security, accessibility, and human-centered…
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Using civic tech to co-create smart cities that promote citizen engagement

From www.theagilityeffect.com

Martin Duval, co-founder of civic tech start-up Bluenove, explains how the collective intelligence platform Assembl speeds up collaboration between citizens and local authorities
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You Gave Me Your Word: How Good City Planning Became Walkability

From americawalks.org

Eventually, New Urbanism “won.” Over 25 years, the idea of traditionally-organized communities moved from outsider to mainstream. The postwar sprawl model, once intellectually dominant, is no longer taught in planning schools. Instead, the principles of New Urbanism are put forth as nothing less than City Planning Best Practices.
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The architects and design pioneers we lost in 2018

From www.theguardian.com

Will Alsop, Robert Venturi, MJ Long and more – in 2018 we lost some hugely influential architects, designers and thinkers who transformed the places in which we live, work and play
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Communication Strategies to Make Public Engagement More Effective, presented by Kristian Jaakkola

From www.youtube.com

At ArneTech, we are all 'About People'. Get to know about one of the many products and services we have curated to assist in enabling strong relationships, improving participation, and building capacity.
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People use the built environment how they need it, not always how it’s intended

From ggwash.org

Ever since the opening of Phase I in October 2017, the Wharf in DC has seen flocks of people at its restaurants, historic fish market, boardwalk and various piers. The “Recreation Pier” has public swings that are one of the first urban elements you see when entering the Wharf through 7th Street.
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What planners don't understand about design - Urban Planner Alain Bertaud's Case for Bottom-Up Design

From www.citylab.com

Urban planner Alain Bertaud’s new book, Order Without Design, argues that cities are really shaped by market forces, not visionaries.
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Approaches to "smart cities" must get smarter — here's five ways to improve

From apolitical.co

This piece was written by Marni Wilhite, head of product and lead of the Office of Design & Delivery at the City of Austin, and Ben Guhin, head of design & technology policy at the City of Austin. For more like this, see our cities newsfeed. As leaders in design and technology at the City of Austin, we’ve participated in hundreds of conversations, collaborations and procurement
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How to redesign cities to fight loneliness

From www.fastcompany.com

Loneliness is a global issue. Half a million Japanese are suffering from social isolation. The U.K. recently appointed a minister for loneliness, the first in the world. In Australia, Victorian state MP Fiona Patten is calling for the same here. Federal MP Andrew Giles, in a recent speech, said: “I’m convinced we need to consider responding to loneliness as a responsibility of government.”
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What if autonomous vehicles actually make us more dependent on cars?

From theconversation.com

Transport policies in European cities are on a collision course with the tech industry's ambitions for self-driving cars.
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