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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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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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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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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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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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Citizen power across the world

From mycommunity.org.uk

While taking a year off to travel around the world with her family, Miriam Levin has been looking at new models of participatory democracy that puts decision-making power in the hands of the citizens.   When 40,000 people in Brazil emailed all the Congress party leaders on one day, they stopped a law granting amnesty for corruption …
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Poems That Show How Gentrification Is Personal

From www.citylab.com

To close out National Poetry Month, we rounded up poems that translate gentrification and the housing crisis into personal terms.
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Lyft Shuttle Test in Chicago and San Francisco Sure Does Resemble a Bus

From www.planetizen.com

Lyft's shuttle service runs along a pre-determined route during peak commuting times and you can pay for it with your Lyft app. Silicon Valley companies seem to love the word innovate, but the new shuttle service from Lyft feels like bus service.
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Entrepreneurs across the country will power America’s next wave of innovation

From www.therenewalproject.com

Celebrating innovation, strength, and ingenuity in communities across the country
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Why Hyperlocal News Matters

From rosehillnewsonline.wordpress.com

By Aimee Winkfield Rose Hill News is a free hyperlocal newspaper that gets delivered to 3000+ homes and businesses in and around the Rose Hill estate. The news gets written by local residents who volunteer their time to write about what goes on in their community. Although the Oxford Mail also covers Rose Hill from…
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The Pursuit of Civic Innovation ROI

From meetingoftheminds.org

Conventional wisdom on Civic Innovation is that we have all the right ingredients to change government: The timing, the talent, and the technology are all
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Boss, it’s my civic engagement day

From blog.timesunion.com

Likening off-time for civic engagement to be as important as off-time for vacation, sickness or family time, tech startup Polaroid Swing publicly announced that it is offering paid time off for emp…
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We Shape Buildings, But Do Buildings Really Shape Us?

From commonedge.org

It’s an article of faith for most architects and designers, but the scientific evidence for this belief is sadly lacking.
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Manifesto for an Intercultural Urbanism

From www.planetizen.com

What are the philosophical and practical commitments of an approach to urban planning that respects cultural differences in ways of being and building?
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It’s time to spend less time on Facebook and actually learn something

From www.technologyreview.com

Chastened by the negative effects of social media, Mark Zuckerberg says he will tweak his service and upgrade society in the process. Should any company be that powerful?
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The Graphic Novel Teaching Chicago Teens About Urban Planning

From www.citylab.com

The graphic novel No Small Plans aims to empower the city’s youth through stories about their neighborhoods.
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How Seattle Is Dismantling a NIMBY Power Structure

From nextcity.org

At a time when rents are soaring and development is more contentious than ever before, a little-known city agency is rethinking its role in neighborhood planning.
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Youth Advocates Work to Boost Civic Engagement in Communities of Color

From newamericamedia.org

New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism. Founded in 1996 by Pacific News Service, New America Media promotes ethnic media by strengthening the editorial and economic viability of this increasingly influential segment of America's communications industry.
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