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What’s New in Civic Tech: States Build COVID-19 Tracking Apps

From www.dailyrepublic.com

As discussion about when and how to essentially re-open society in America continues, states have started to build apps to track the spread of COVID-19. Utah, North Dakota and South Dakota are three such states.

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The Digitally-Enabled Safety Net: Lessons from COVID-19

From beeckcenter.georgetown.edu

Civic tech teams and government agencies race to meet the overwhelming demand for people applying for benefits.   Here are a few lessons COVID-19 has taught us.

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Crisis as Opportunity: Fostering Inclusive Public Engagement in Local Government

From www.mercatus.org

New and more robust forms of public engagement in addressing local challenges, such as budget deficits, aging infrastructure, workforce development, opioid addiction, homelessness, and disaster preparedness, must take into account the needs, preferences, and values of its entire community, not just politically active groups.

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Reviving the economy means reviving transit. Here are 9 ideas to help.

From medium.com

Initiatives like fare incentives, staggered business hours, and real-time crowd data will minimize the risks — and instill confidence.

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The Pandemic Shows What Cities Have Surrendered to Cars

From www.theatlantic.com

Along streets suddenly devoid of traffic, pedestrians get a fresh look at all the space that motor vehicles have commandeered.

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How will Coronavirus change professional and social life in cities?

From www.centreforcities.org

Professor Richard Florida says after some initial adjustments, cities will continue to play a central role in the national economy.

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How U.S. Public Transit Can Survive Coronavirus

From www.citylab.com

Subway and bus systems in the U.S. face financial peril as ridership collapses due to lockdowns. To keep transit alive, here’s a playbook for immediate and long-term fixes.

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Urban Density: Confronting the Distance Between Desire and Disparity

From www.azuremagazine.com

Placemaker and author Jay Pitter argues for an equity-based understanding of urban density during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

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Going Digital with Engagement

From www.lura.ca

Last week in our blog we raised several key questions to consider when pivoting from face-to-face engagement to digital engagement. The first was “What digital tools are out there, and what mix would best suit your engagement process?”
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Disease-driven details - Winnipeg Free Press

From www.winnipegfreepress.com

Contemporary city planning, as we know it, was born out of a necessity to address communicable diseases. Learning from pandemic gives urban planners new insights into what cities are, what they need to be.

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Why Housing Security is Key to Environmental Justice

From portside.org

This pandemic has exposed the limitations of our existing housing safety nets. Now more than ever, we need immediate and long-term affordable housing solutions to keep residents safe and secure in their homes.

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To Rebuild Our Towns and Cities, We Need to Design a Green Stimulus

From jacobinmag.com

The COVID-19 quarantine has exposed the importance of parks, sidewalks, and other public spaces to our collective well-being. To stitch the world back together once the pandemic recedes, we should enact a massive green stimulus that builds out our public infrastructure in beautiful, imaginative, low-carbon ways.

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A Framework for Thriving: Keep These Four Areas Front and Center as You Move Forward

From www.strongtowns.org

The four “gears” that drive a strong community in normal times are the same ones that will move towns and cities forward after the COVID-19 crisis.
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Doug Mirams's curator insight, April 24, 8:31 AM

Of these four areas (placemaking, economic development, civic education and early learning) public libraries have a vital role in their communities foster and supporting. I hope other librarians will join me on this webinar from Strong Towns next Tuesday.

Thriving on the Other Side: How Your Community Can Recreate Vibrancy After COVID-19

From www.strongtowns.org

Communities are coming together right now in ways most of us have never seen before. And we’re realizing we really need each other. How can local leaders harness this energy to build stronger local communities and economies once the crisis recedes?

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Digital Equity for Human Empowerment

From www.ctcnet.us

We can’t simply layer technology on top of our existing structural inequities and expect those inequities to be solved; we need to thoughtfully apply technology to people-first solutions that take into account our communities’ needs and goals.

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Coronavirus Response: Help the Helpers

From civichall.org

As the whole world gathers to respond to COVID-19, thousands of projects have blossomed to try and help. We’re continuing to track the most promising projects on the Civic Tech Field Guide, but we also wanted to open the floor to you, our community. 

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Local Approaches to Serving Vulnerable Populations

From citiesofservice.org

Earlier this week, Cities of Service assembled city staff and civic engagement experts for a facilitated discussion on how city governments are meeting the immediate needs of their communities, with a focus on especially vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here is some of the great advice from our panelists.

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Introduction to Content Engagement: The 3 major components of a content engagement strategy that drives buy-in for your plans and policies

From konve.io

During this time of increased online engagement, it’s essential the information you are sharing is easy to navigate and digest. On April 3rd, Chris Haller (our founder) and Kelly Hickler (our communications manager) presented an Introduction to Content Engagement webinar for members of the American Planning Association that offers some tricks and tips on how to make your content relevant to your audience, foster understanding, and get informed feedback. Here’s a quick recap of the major takeaways from the webinar.

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What’s New in Civic Tech: Cities Launch COVID-19 Web Portals

From www.govtech.com

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, agencies at all levels of government continue to launch online resources for their constituents to find resources, help and new information.

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Georgia Tech shares "The History of Urban Form" by Professor Doug Allen

From youtu.be

Need to rekindle your love of city planning? Georgia Tech has uploaded "The History of Urban Form," one of the most influential courses ever taught at the university by Professor Doug Allen.

Through sharp wit and legendary asides, Professor Allen reveals and analyzes the interconnected components of cities (mankind's largest artifacts) and displays their collective histories against the challenges of contemporary planning. Prepare to see the built environment in a new light.

David Green's comment, April 16, 9:36 AM
This is incorrect. It was not put out by Georgia Tech. It was compiled and released by the Douglas C Allen Institute for the Study of Cities. Please visit our website to find out more.

Cities play 'matchmaker' to connect residents, services amid pandemic

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

Experts discuss how cities like Seattle and St. Paul, MN are leveraging community organizations to better mitigate COVID-19.

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Will Coronavirus transform our cities?

From medium.com

As we struggle day-to-day with the coronavirus epidemic, people are wondering what it means for the future? Will it trigger profound changes, or will it fade into the background as Swine Flu, SARS and MERS have — nasty, but ultimately not enough to change society?

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From the Covid-19 Crisis to Rebuilding our Public Technology Infrastructure in Local Government

From nextcity.org

The COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing efforts it requires are forcing the public sector to try to make some long-overdue changes.

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How Coronavirus Is Reshaping City Streets

From www.citylab.com

To help get essential workers around, cities are revising traffic patterns, suspending public transit fares, and making more room for bikes and pedestrians.
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