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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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Civic Technologist Builds National Toys for Tots Map

From www.govtech.com

John Kramlich, a member of the St. Louis civic tech group OpenSTL, has built what appears to be the first online map of nationwide Toys for Tots drop-off locations, and the site has already seen significant traffic.
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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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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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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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The smart city conferences to check out in 2019

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

Next year has a full slate of industry conferences, featuring conversations with top public and private officials on the pressing issues facing cities.
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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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Bad landlord? In NYC, coders made apps to aid the fight

From realestate.boston.com

In New York City, coders are building easy-to-use, data-driven tools to empower tenants who have bad landlords.

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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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7 urban innovations from 2018

From info.trendwatching.com

Cities are engines of consumption and opportunity but at the same time they face – and create! – countless challenges: inequality, unaffordability, pollution, waste and more.

Here are seven very urban innovations to inspire you in 2019. How can you make urban lives easier, cheaper, cleaner or just better?!
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EU adopts plan to become 'climate neutral' by 2050

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

The report presents eight scenarios to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with a large focus on the energy and urban mobility sectors.
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Albuquerque's Digital Integrated Development Ordinance launches

From ido.abc-zone.com

Albuquerque's Digital Zoning Code launches, includes interactive guides that provide personalized answers to resident's zoning questions as downloadable PDFs

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The Thick and Thin of Community Engagement

From www.tamarackcommunity.ca

The breadth and scope of possible engagement resources outlined by Public Agenda underscored the importance of clarifying the intent, scope, timeline and available resourcing to support a public engagement effort.
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Cherry Creek Implementation Plan

From cherrycreekgreenway.com

Through public dialog and collaboration between community leaders, the Cherry Creek Area Implementation Plan (CCAIP) was developed. These groups and individuals envision the potential to celebrate a significant section of the Cherry Creek Greenway by maximizing the recreational opportunities, enhance environmental contributions, improve public safety while growing and connecting with the surrounding community.
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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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Inclusion and Civic Engagement in Public Technology Building and Planning

From www.benton.org

How can we build inclusive, people-centered smart cities? Whether they are Wi-Fi kiosks, urban sensors, fiber networks, or built-from-scratch “smart” neighborhoods, new urban technology deployments are under the microscope. Despite the potential of these projects to drive innovation and economic growth, they are often met with mixed reception and a myriad of justifiable questions.

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Seven reasons why you should take your child on public transport

From apolitical.co

Public transit is good for kids. Here are the ways taking the tube or riding the bus boost the cognitive development of young children.
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