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14 Ways to Make Local Government More Accessible

From elgl.org

This guest reflection is by ELGL member and NRC Marketing Manager Angelica Wedell. “OPEN” is a four-letter-word, but one that local governments today need no longer avoid. Making the profession mor…
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As They Rally Around Rezonings, Planners Often ‘Plansplain’

From citylimits.org

'Not all planners are plansplainers, but like men and mansplaining, there is a tendency.'
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A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America

From www.nytimes.com

The comeback of distressed and lost communities is the story of Bill Clinton’s America, not Donald Trump’s.
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The Receding Fantasy of Affordable Urban Transit "To Your Door"

From humantransit.org

Uber’s UberPool service, which attempts to gather multiple people on a single vehicle going the same way, is undergoing some tinkering that will make it even more like fixed route transit.  Andrew J. Hawkins at Verge has the story: [UberPool riders] are being prompted to walk to the closest corner or intersection for more convenient …
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City of Orlando advances new ‘Smart ORL’ initiative, aims to become prototype city for smart cities technologies

From www.brookings.edu

Orlando has used the 'Green Works Orlando' program to serve as a central platform to enhance the city’s long-term sustainability. It’s breadth of focus areas demonstrate how seriously they take the concept of environmental sustainability.
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Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access - Mobility Lab

From mobilitylab.org

New study examines how bus and bicycling travel times interact in stressful street networks As cities move forward with ambitious plans to revamp bus services and add dedicated bike infrastructure, which in turn will help draw riders and bicyclists, the level of comfort in nearby streets still play a large role. Streets free of the... Read more »
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Every City Wants to Be Innovative. How Can They Get There?

From www.govtech.com

Warren Lemmens, the CTO of Nokia Oceania, discusses Australia's emerging smart city landscape — and what the U.S. can learn from it.
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Civic Tech Cities: researching US government inhouse technologies / mySociety

From www.mysociety.org

mySociety is a not-for-profit social enterprise that exists to invent and popularise websites and apps that enable citizens around the world to exert power over institutions and decision makers.
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Biophilic Cities - Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning

From vimeo.com

The "greening" of cities can focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient…
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5 Tips for Civic Dialogue in an Online World

From facingtoday.facinghistory.org

Five tips for young people and adults to practice positive civic dialogue in a digital landscape.
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8 Big Thoughts (and a Lot of Questions) About the Self-Driving Future

From www.citylab.com

Could self-driving cars bring on more affordable housing? Should car companies slap a “warning label” on private autos? At a national summit of mobility leaders, some big thoughts came up.
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Envisioning What We Can Do Together in NCDD

From ncdd.org

The NCDD network has been finding new ways to address the deep divisions in our world. Most recently, following the 2016 Presidential election, we’ve found our work to be more critical than ever. O…
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Top 20 Active Transportation Websites of 2017: Highlighting the Top 10

From theglobalgrid.org

Hyperlocal urbanist news from around the world. Featuring jobs and articles on architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and engineering.
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Seattle CityClub's 2017 Civic Health Index Finds Seattle Leads the Way in Civic Engagement

From www.prweb.com

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 09, 2017 -- The 2017 Greater Seattle Civic Health Index is scheduled for public release May 23 by Seattle CityClub. In collaboration
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The Impact of Civic Tech on Open Source – Benjamin Nickolls

From medium.com

How much does Civic Tech extract from and contribute back to commons of open source software? We found out at TICTec. This summer Andrew and I will be speaking at or attending events where we think…
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Pokémon Go to Expand its Reach in the Community

From www.planetizen.com

The makers of Pokémon Go, touted for its potential to activate sedentary Americans since its release last year, will take more initiative to participate in community-based events. "Niantic, the maker of Pokémon Go, is teaming up with the Knight Foundation in a multiyear commitment promoting civic engagement in communities," reports Mark Wilson.
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A Mayor's Guide to Public Life! - Gehl Institute

From gehlinstitute.org

Gehl Institute is thrilled to announce the release of A Mayor’s Guide to Public Life, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. There are few greater legacies a mayor can leave behind than investing in public life: the everyday social life of streets, parks and plazas, and spaces between buildings. When …
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Complete Streets:  An Economic Analysis Beyond Numbers

From blog.ecivis.com

Learn how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of your complete street project that goes beyond numbers of community buy in and compelling grant applications.
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The 'Jane's Walk' Tradition Continues

From www.planetizen.com

In honor of the pioneering urbanist, who would have been 101 years old this week, citizens are organizing "Jane's Walks" in cities across the globe. This week, it's been 101 years since Jane Jacobs was born. As they have for a decade, Jacobs aficionados are celebrating the urbanist icon by organizing and participating in "Jane's Walks."
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We should create cities for slowing down

From theconversation.com

Smart cities are usually optimised like a business for speed and efficiency. Placemaking can slow down cities to improve health and wellbeing and promote more democratic engagement of citizens.
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Designed to Engage: The Promise (and Pitfalls) of the Public Art Boom

From www.insidephilanthropy.com

Interest in public art is surging as funders look for new ways to engage audiences. We take a deep dive into who's funding what in this space, and some questions that are arising.


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Toronto Public Library forges new space for makers as core to its digital transformation

From www.itworldcanada.com

Picture this: a video studio with a green screen that you can book, an array of Raspberry Pi devices, and 3D printers complete with lessons on how to use them.
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