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Nextdoor Raises $123M Investment Round, Expands in Europe

From www.govtech.com

The social networking platform that also works with local governments and public safety agencies has pulled in a lot of money for a company its age. It's using it to jump into two new European countries.
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Building a Bus Map When There Are No Fixed Routes—or Stops

From www.wired.com

Citizen groups in Beirut, Nairobi, Cairo and other cities are crowdsourcing maps of informal bus networks to encourage transit use.
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What is this “AI for Social Good”? 

From medium.com

“AI for social good”. We increasingly see related initiatives by organisations like Google and Microsoft, conferences, reports and workshops in major “AI” conferences like Neurips, ICRL, and ICML…
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Responsible waste management in civic tech

From www.theengineroom.org

In the same way we consciously manage our physical waste, we should start managing our digital waste. Doing so could mean reduced costs and reduced harm.
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The Technology That Could Transform Congestion Pricing

From www.citylab.com

As cities like New York move ahead with plans to charge motorists to enter certain urban areas, we need to think about the best ways to manage road tolling.
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Planning for Future Cities Today With Urban Nexus Science 

From www.planetizen.com

The Urban Nexus is an approach to sustainability that seeks to integrate sectors and silos int he design and development process.
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Lessons for Any Downtown

From nextcity.org

How smaller interventions can reactivate, energize and sustain a city's downtown.

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Is there a hidden level on the IAP2 spectrum — ‘con’-form?

From medium.com

You see a A4 laminated poster on a stobie pole/lamp post. You walk past it ever day for a month. You can see it has small print, some in bold, but you ignore it. Then it’s gone and somewhere inside…
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What’s New in Civic Tech: How Local Gov Can Leverage Texting

From www.govtech.com

Plus, senators introduce AI in Government Act; San Antonio hosts event to help attendees learn about its smart city data sets; Syracuse University announces its Autonomous Systems Policy Institute; and more.
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SF Is so Expensive That People Are Using Parking Spots as Offices

From futurism.com

Web developer Victor Pontis has had enough of cars in San Francisco — parking spaces, he says, just take up too much space.

His idea: turn the prime real estate of parking spots into coworking spaces, complete with desks and chairs, that he called WePark — and charge only the price of a parking meter, which is a fraction of the price of other local coworking spaces.
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Don’t lose your mind over ‘brain drain’ — focus on creating talent

From medium.com

A new report documents the mobility of highly educated people in the United States, offering a grim new portrait of how such movement affects communities: “Some states today are keeping and receiving…
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Baltimore Bans Source-of-Income Discrimination, But There’s a Big Catch 

From nextcity.org

In a time when there is increasing hostility shown to our undocumented neighbors, the time and effort they put into trying to make our cities better places is a powerful statement.
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The Sins of “Smart” Cities

From bostonreview.net

The Sins of “Smart” Cities from Boston Review. What happens when we reframe complex social and political issues as technical puzzles? Two new books challenge modern cities' over-reliance on data and technology.

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What makes a public space great? 

From medium.com

A vibrant public realm is the foundation of a strong urban community. Public spaces offer people a place to gather with friends, to run into neighbors, to be active, or to sit and reflect in nature…
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Urban Rooftops May Well Become The New Airports

From popupcity.net

Electric air taxi startup Lilium believes in a future in which anyone can fly anywhere. Will the German startup transform urban rooftops into mini-airports?
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6 Road Design Changes That Can Save Lives

From thecityfix.com

 Urbanization is by and large a good thing, corresponding with steady declines in extreme poverty. More compact cities may also hold the key to a sustainable future. But this trend has come with a side effect: more dangerous city streets. With more vehicles and more people in cities, there are more opportunities for crashes – especially as cities…
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Improving Wellbeing Using Three Key Pillars in Collaborative Infrastructure

From newcities.org

Missing Infrastructure I’ve been thinking a lot about infrastructure lately, and not just about roads, bridges, cables, and pipes. Those are indeed all part of infrastructure, and very essential parts of infrastructure at that. Without these physical structures, keeping the lights on, driving your car, even flushing the toilet would be a whole different ball …
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U.S. civic tech, ten years in: Building on progress to tap civic tech’s full potential

From luminategroup.com

The U.S. Luminate team turned to Dalberg to identify and analyze trends and lessons from the last decade of U.S. civic tech. We hope the findings will inform not only our work going forward, but also that of our partners and co-investors.
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After Amazon: How Cities Can Use Tech to Their Benefit

From www.centreforpublicimpact.org

After Amazon's HQ2 snafu, cities and tech companies are re-examining their relationship. A new handbook helps show cities their way to innovation.
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The best bike maps are made by volunteers 

From www.citymetric.com

Not all bike routes are equal. Some places that are marked as bike routes on a map feel precarious when traversed on two wheels, including shoulders covered in debris and places where you can feel the wind from speeding cars.

North American cities are building more bicycling routes, by adding on-street painted lanes, physically separated cycle tracks, bicycle-only or multi-use paths and local street bikeways. These different kinds of routes appeal to different types of users, from the interested but concerned cyclist to the keen road rider.
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Open Data, Civic Engagement, and Delivery – Did We Go the Wrong Way?

From medium.com

Open data is what I do — or at least what I used to do. Looking back now, I have begun to wonder whether we might have been looking at things in the wrong way, or more to the point, whether I have been looking at things, just, wrong.
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Public Spaces Fighting Climate Change - Public spaces are where physical and social resilience meet

From www.pps.org

Public spaces are where physical and social resilience meet. Public spaces must be considered a crucial tool in our arsenal to mitigate and adapt to rising temperatures and extreme weather that come with climate change.

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Civic tech: How apps, community data analysts, and traffic tech can make cities smarter

From www.curbed.com

Civic-minded techies are finding ways to digitize, demystify, and improve local government.
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Will Smart City Technology Really Make Our Places Stronger? 

From www.strongtowns.org

App developers are promising that any citizen with a smart phone can take part in planning their city like never before. But is there more to community engagement than what you can fit within the borders of a screen?
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Civics, Civility and Community—How to Get People Re-engaged Civilly

From www.orton.org

Civics, Civility and Community—How to Get People Re-engaged Civilly by Orton Family Foundation. Heart & Soul Talks Webinar Recap
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