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London Plan: The need for data collection throughout the planning process

From futurecities.catapult.org.uk

In cities across the UK digital technology is changing how we live, but the planning system is struggling to keep up. Airbnb and co-housing are changing the structure of our housing markets, yet we assess housing need in the same way we did 20 years ago. New digital street furniture is offering unlimited WiFi in exchange for targeted advertising, yet we still give them planning permission in the same way we would an ordinary advertising hoarding.
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Obama Foundation makes unique library deal for Obama Presidential Center

From chicago.suntimes.com

The Obama Center will not include an official federal government-run presidential library; instead, it will host a Chicago Public Library branch.
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Los Angeles Tests the Power of ‘Play Streets’ 

From www.nytimes.com

In the Boyle Heights neighborhood, a design intervention led by residents and activists unveils a “playground in a box” to reclaim streets for public life.
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Council launches new Community Engagement and Outreach Van

From www.mudgeeguardian.com.au

Mid-Western Regional Council has launched its new Community Engagement and Outreach Van to be used locally for consultation activities and state-wide to promote the area.
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Cities across U.S. using New Haven-made app to reach residents

From www.nhregister.com

When I met Ben Berkowitz in a New Haven cafe to talk about the SeeClickFix platform his company developed, I figured we'd walk around the neighborhood so I could see how the app worked.

If we could find a problem to report, we'd have the full experience in real time on a rainy Tuesday.

After 10 years in business, SeeClickFix has about 330 clients, mostly cities and towns - including Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Detroit - along with some universities and other organizations with campuses.

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Participatory Budgeting - Cast Your Vote This Week At LinkNYC Kiosks

From bklyner.com

PROSPECT HEIGHTS - Participatory Budgeting has officially begun! Residents of Brooklyn, ages 11 and up, have until April 15 to vote for their favorite projects they want to see completed in their districts. 
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Sidewalk Toronto is still figuring out how to govern and protect privacy

From mobilesyrup.com

At a March 20th, 2018 presentation at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, representatives from Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto emphasized the need to protect user privacy.
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How Ghent is using the semantic web to connect data and meaning

From cities-today.com

How the benefits of linked open data on a semantic website outweigh the pitfalls. By Bart Rosseau, Chief Data Officer, City of Ghent
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Boulder's Plan to Become a Child- and Youth-Friendly City

From icma.org

Michael Jordan Sports Park. Boulder’s Fun Backyard. Goose Creek Park. Teen and Adult Homeless Shelter and Work Center.Just a few of the school-aged design proposals that resulted from Growing Up Boulder’s visioning process for the City of Boulder’s Alpine-Balsam community project. Participatory design at its finest. And it’s just one of the many ways that Boulder has incorporated children into the planning and design of community projects, as well as improve community engagement.
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New Orleans Wants to Be a Smart City, But at What Cost?

From www.govtech.com

From gunshot detection to data collection, officials want to see technology playing a bigger role in the city’s decision-making process. But where to invest and how to pay for it remain unknown.
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Barcelona’s Decidim: An Open-Source Platform for Participatory Democracy Projects

From www.resilience.org

The word Decidim translated from Catalan means we decide, and it's the name of Barcelona's digital infrastructure for participatory democracy.
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Three nations worlds ahead in digital governance

From contentgroup.com.au

While Australia consistently ranks in the top 3 (#humblebrag), there are a few countries you might not expect to be leading the way in digital governance.
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Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger?

From www.nytimes.com

Child protective agencies are haunted when they fail to save kids. Pittsburgh officials believe a new data analysis program is helping them make better judgment calls.
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As it fills in final missing bits, Philly’s nearly-complete city plan exposes gap between neighborhood hopes and political realities

From planphilly.com

As Samantha Petty considered the Planning Commission’s proposals for her community, she experienced a wave of déjà vu. Standing in the hallway of West…
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What's New in Civic Tech: Open Data Saves Connecticut $500,000

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Atlanta throws a smart city coming-of-age party; Palo Alto, Calif., explores using drones to bring blood samples to hospitals; and a new project builds on Cincinnati’s opioid data work to predict heroin overdose risk.
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Focusing on the Future: From Aspirations to Actions in Galesburg, IL

From www.orton.org

After nearly a year spent gathering input about what matters most to them, residents of Galesburg, Illinois, came together to brainstorm ways to turn aspirations into actions. More than 200 resident
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How the French Parliament crowdsourced ideas for its reforms on an open source platform

From medium.com

The new Legislature of the French National Assembly, which started in June 2017, is tackling several reforms with 7 working groups that aim to renew the way the Parliament functions by the end of the…
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This Underground Urban Farm Also Heats The Building Above It

From www.fastcompany.com

Truly local food is when it’s grown in your basement. Plantagon CityFarm wants to create a network of underground urban farms–and whole skyscrapers filled with plants.
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How to Turn a Major Road Into a Pedestrian Dream

From www.citylab.com

London’s plans for Oxford Street show that even the busiest roads can ban vehicles—but there's one major misstep.
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Civic Tech: Sidewalk Labs is selling quality of life, but is Toronto buying?

From torontoist.com

Never Too Soon for Mission Creep At Sidewalk Lab’s first public meeting last Wednesday, both CEO Dan Doctoroff and Waterfront Toronto’s Will Fleissig spoke
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Imagining Equity: Minneapolis 2040's Unique Mobile Engagement Tool

From www.minneapolis2040.com

Minneapolis artists Molly Van Avery and Mike Hoyt have designed and built a mobile engagement tool called Imagining Equity that invites people to draw or write their ideas about a Minneapolis in 2040 that is healing and reconciling from the negative impacts of inequity. Molly and Mike designed this tool in collaboration with City staff to inform the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update. You can interact with Imagining Equity at events throughout the summer, including Juneteenth, Somali Indenpendence Day, and several Open Streets events around the city.
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Civic Tech: On Google, Sidewalk Labs, and Smart Cities

From torontoist.com

Waterfront Toronto announced last week that Google-affiliated company Sidewalk Labs won the bid to be the “innovation and funding partner” on developing th
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