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Planners Across America: Making Albuquerque the Land of Enchantment, Not Confusion

From www.planetizen.com

The city of Albuquerque is focused on bringing consistency and coherence to an unwieldy collection of planning and land use regulations. An interview with Albuquerque Planning Director Suzanne Lubar explores the city's approach to the challenge. Contrary to its image in pop culture, Albuquerque is not the methamphetamine capital of America. And yet, there is a grain of truth to the adventures of Walter White: Albuquerque is overwhelmingly suburban.
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Safe Routes to Healthy Food 

From www.saferoutespartnership.org

While advocates may readily self-identify as interested in either food access or in active transportation, local communities don’t always see the distinction between these issues. Communities rightly see the issues as interconnected, suggesting that our approach to solving it should be as well.
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How to talk to your NIMBY neighbors about zoning

From www.curbed.com

These art projects could help explain to your neighbors that their decisions are blocking out people and projects that could make their streets more vibrant and their housing more affordable.
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How Cars Carve up the Social Fabric of Our Communities

From www.modacitylife.com

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of1956 – ordering the construction of 33,000 miles of interstate highways across the United States – it was never his intention to run those freeways through urban areas. “…The matter of running Interstate routes through...

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Secrets of successful communities

From www.dailyprogress.com

More than two dozen people representing downtown Orange businesses, organizations and local government gathered last Wednesday to learn the “secrets to a successful community” from National Main Street Center members.
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2017 Great Places in America: Suggest Your Favorite Place

From www.infrastructureusa.org

Nominations are now being accepted through May 10 for 2017's Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods, and Great Public Spaces. APA will recognize this year's Great
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In Taiwan, Using Open Data to Expose Rampant Pollution

From civichall.org

By collecting real-time pollution data, an environmental group discovered Taiwan's largest petrochemical plant exceeded the emissions quota for pollution over 25,000 times. The plant didn't pay a cent for it.
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Trump administration considers $6 billion cut to HUD budget

From www.washingtonpost.com

Move would drop Housing and Urban Development funding by about 14 percent as part of plan to cut domestic spending and increase the defense budget.
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How Louisville became the first smart city on the IFTTT platform

From www.zdnet.com

Air quality data for Louisville, Ky. is now available on a new IFTTT channel that relays information to subscribers through text, email or even by changing the color of the user's smart light bulb in their home.
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From closed factories to open data: How Detroit is increasing civic engagement

From qz.com

In Detroit, data transparency is key. Since declaring bankruptcy in 2013 the city has turned to technology to improve communication and boost morale among its communities. A new open data portal shares information—around policy, public safety, and transportation—in an attempt to increase civic engagement.
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Citizen Satisfaction with Digital Government Services Doubles in Two Years, Accenture Report Shows

From newsroom.accenture.com

Citizen satisfaction with digital government services has doubled in two years, says Accenture.
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Modeling Civic Engagement for Our Children

From boston.citymomsblog.com

As parents, how do we model how to be good citizens? There is no "one size fits all" model for civics engagement.
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