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Hartford Decides: Empowering Residents To Choose How To Improve Their City

From www.courant.com

As an artist, Jason Farquharson understands the power of individual expression. As a member of the Blue Hills Civic Association, the Hartford-based painter a
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Artwork for Equality & Equity: A Poster & Postcard Campaign

From www.kickstarter.com

Creative Reaction Lab is raising funds for Artwork for Equality & Equity: A Poster & Postcard Campaign on Kickstarter!

Artwork for Equity is a poster and postcard campaign promoting inclusion, equity, liberation, and justice for all races.
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THE ARTFUL CITY: An Interview with Sean Martindale 

From spacing.ca

Interview by: Melanie Fasche Sean Martindale is a Canadian artist and designer currently based in Toronto. He holds a Master of Fine Art from OCAD University, Toronto, and a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University, Vancouver. Sean’s playful works question and offer alternatives for existing public spaces, infrastructure and materials found in the urban …
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Four shifts to a more desirable (and delicious) food future

From rethink.earth

The ways in which we eat and produce our food are unsustainable from both environmental and public health perspectives. We need to see a drastic and inspirational shift in the world's food system.
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How to Start Participatory Budgeting in Your City

From www.filmsforaction.org

Have you noticed all the cuts being made to your city budget? To schools and libraries, fire fighters and social services, and other public spending? Think you could do a better job managin
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The Quantified City: A Closer Look at Chicago's Array of Things

From carto.com

Data-tracking devices, from wearables to time and task management applications, have become a quotidian and normalized aspect of most Western societies
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Untangle Local Politics and Elections at Code for Philly's Civic Engagement Launchpad

From www.phila3-0.org

Philly's hyperlocal elections can be hard to follow, but two civic hacking projects could help pull back the curtain. Come to Code for Philly's Civic Engagement Launchpad kick-off this Friday to help out.
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If Sunday Is For Church, This Group Wants Saturdays For Activism

From www.huffingtonpost.com

“It’s on you, in your city or community, to keep on driving change.”
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Founding ‘Open Savannah’: An attempt to modernize a city that clings to its history

From medium.com

About three months ago, I moved to Savannah, the perfectly-preserved, nearly 300-year-old midsize city on the Georgia coast about two hours north of where I grew up. I had left my job as an editor in…
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Melbourne, Australia Plans Assault on Sprawl With '20-Minute Neighborhoods'

From www.planetizen.com

Melbourne's long-range plan for development through 2050 envisions denser neighborhoods, built around the idea of 20-minute neighborhoods. The Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 long-range plan released last week has offered some innovative changes to the city's current planning scheme to address an anticipated growth from 4.5 million to 8 million residents between now and 2050.
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Seattle Could Become The First U.S. City To Give Renters A Voice In Local Government

From www.fastcoexist.com

A proposed commission would give a representative group of Seattle renters the chance to advocate for increased protections and affordability i
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The social dimension of nature in cities 

From gehlpeople.com

Every city strives to become more lively, healthy, and inclusive. In an era of increasing inequalities and health issues, this is not just a means to attract new residents and retain talent, it is a necessity for cities to survive. Most cities struggle even when solutions are visible, literally in front of their eyes
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Turning Dirty Streets Clean through Comprehensive Open Data Mapping

From www.govtech.com

Through a Clean Streets LA initiative called CleanStat, Los Angeles is the first city to map the cleanliness of every one of its blocks.
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The Wisdom of Engaging Nervous Cyclists

From www.planetizen.com

It was clear to the City of Toronto that engaging less confident cyclists that make up 60% of the population, yet seldom come to community meetings, might be the key to dramatic mode shifts in the city. Here's how it happened.
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Detroit's Dubious Civic Tech Champions 

From civichall.org

Like other for-profit civic technology companies, Loveland sits at an uncomfortable intersection of priorities. Since its inception, Loveland has struggled to reconcile what its founders think the city needs with what community organizers and residents want and need and what nonprofits, government agencies, and companies are willing to buy.
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From Social to Smart: Connected Communities Are Plugging in to Innovation

From www.govtech.com

While it’s cool to offer cutting-edge connected technologies, the ultimate goal is to make communities safer and more energy efficient, to improve service delivery, and so on.
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Film Review: ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’

From variety.com

A documentary captures the showdown between activist Jane Jacobs and Trumpian planner Robert Moses: a fight for the future of New York City.
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Liberal Democracy Is Too Limited in the Era of the On-Demand Economy

From www.zocalopublicsquare.org

In the 20th century, the legitimacy of governments was based almost solely on the rule of law and the right to vote.In the democratic upheaval of the 21st century, citizens still want the protection of laws and the ability to choose representatives, but those powers may no longer be enough to make government legitimate in the eyes of the people. In the future, governments may rise or fall depending on whether they give citizens meaningful roles in decision-making, problem-solving, and community-building.Changes in democracy are occurring now because of tectonic shifts in the relationship between citizens and government. As a population, we are better educated than ever before. We are not as deferential to expertise and authority as we once were. And we are networked through the internet to an almost infinite number of potential connections and sources of information. In other words, the people have more capacity. The question of whether governments, civil society, and other institutions can develop the …
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Urban Memory Infrastructure

From urbanomnibus.net

A city needs memory like it needs streets, trees, and people. But how do we build an infrastructure to contain and deliver the city's history
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How should cities prepare for a driverless car future? Here are six tips

From archinect.com

The days of driving your own car are coming to a close: as many as seven million driverless cars could be making their self-directed way around major urban hubs across the U.S. within the next few decades. So what should cities do to keep up with these changes? This white paper by Arcadi
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