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How Amsterdam Is Closing the Door on Downtown Cars

From www.citylab.com

Armed with a street-design tool called the knip, the Dutch capital is slashing car access in the city center, and expanding public transit hours.
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Greater Boston Anti-Displacement Toolkit

From www.greaterbostontoolkit.org

This multi-media organizing toolkit is a collection of activities, how-to guides, facilitation plans, and resources that organizers and residents can use to fight displacement in their communities.
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Miami’s Underline park is shaping the digital future of public space

From www.curbed.com

The Underline, a new linear park, will hire staff to help create digital tools to improve park engagement.
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Love Your Block program yields more than just cosmetic improvements to Lancaster city neighborhoods

From lancasteronline.com

We read so often — including in these Opinion pages — about how divided Americans are. It can be dispiriting (for us, too). But then we read about a program like Love Your Block and the young adults spending a year volunteering to help people make their communities better, and our hearts lift.

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Denver Hosts Digital Open House to Support Neighborhood Plans

From konve.io

Denver’s East Central Planning Area contains a rich mix of amenities, jobs, and housing options, and remains one of the most dynamic places in the city. The area’s outdated neighborhood plans coupled with additional changes on the horizon—including plans to improve City Park and add Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)—make East Central a top priority for engaging the community in a new plan. The City needed a way to share the poster boards from the in-person open houses and collect community feedback on them online.

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Cooling goo sidewalks and other strange new weapons in the war on urban heat

From www.theguardian.com

Los Angeles faces a doubling of its extreme heat days but has fresh ideas to keep residents cool - and tackle the inequality of who suffers
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Siena: civic engagement for a resilient city

From www.blog.urbact.eu

In the face of adversity, Siena (IT) turned to new actors for its urban development. Elisa Filippi, National URBACT Point Italy says its citizens and the municipality stepped up, with projects including new community hub, regenerating the “Green Valleys” and turning Siena into one of the first carbon free provinces in Europe in 2013.
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City of Madison turns Comprehensive Plan into Living Document

From konve.io

Konveio’s unique features helped the project team at the City of Madison to save time during the analysis of the feedback they received. The interactive plan format enables them to post annual updates regarding metrics and indicators outlined in the plan, creating a living document.  
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A Local Code for America Brigade Works to Reprogram St. Louis

From onezero.medium.com

Overhauled digital infrastructure will help people access the services they need — but deep-rooted problems persist
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How the Dutch Made Utrecht a Bicycle-First City

From www.citylab.com

A new short film reveals how the Dutch city reengineered itself around the bicycle, with life- and money-saving results.
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Paris’s Emergency Heat Wave Plan Faces First Test

From www.citylab.com

As Europe boils in a record-breaking heat wave, the French capital is rolling out its new heat emergency procedures.
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How the Creative Placemaking Tide Lifts All Community Boats

From nextcity.org

In the fight against gentrification, three placemaking programs activate community networks and help artists and residents lay down economic roots.
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Technical Difficulties and Cyber Attacks

From elgl.org

Even after recognizing the attack and responding to reduce the damage, we were left without access to critical systems. Email access was gone for almost two weeks. Other critical systems­—including building permitting, business licensing, time clock, agenda, and more—were unavailable for many days.
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France's Great Debate: Civic Washing or Real Engagement?

From civichall.org

With more than 2 million comments and 500,000 participants, France's Grand Debate has been the country's largest experiment in civic engagement.
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Civic tech to lead the way for a more open society in Mexico

From medium.com

Diego Arredondo: I got involved in civic tech a few years ago, in 2014. Prior to my involvement in Codeando México, I worked within this collective called Wikipolítica. It was the beginning of my…
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New City Civic Engagement Commission Launched

From www.gothamgazette.com

The 15-member commission was established in the charter through a ballot referendum approved by voters in November, one product of a charter revision commission set up by de Blasio last year. The commission is tasked broadly with increasing involvement in city civic life, and specifically with improving voter access by providing interpreters at polling sites and administering a citywide participatory budgeting program modeled on the system used by the New York City Council.
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In a City of Firsts, Learning By Doing – Reimagining the Civic Commons

From medium.com

Philadelphia has a long history of city building through public spaces, including the first library, the first public school, and the first urban park plan. How much more could a historic city learn…
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Citizen engagement is helping Costa Rica fight climate change

From apolitical.co

Costa Rica has the most ambitious climate policy in the world, but without engagement from citizens they may struggle to decarbonize by 2050.
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Democracy Donuts gives Albertans a new reason to vote in spring election

From eatnorth.com

Democracy Donuts is bridging the divide between voters across the political spectrum, one donut at a time.
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For More Citizen Engagement, One Town Turns to Video Calls

From www.governing.com

A Miami suburb might be the first in the nation to let residents participate in -- not just watch -- public meetings from anywhere they have an internet connection.
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How Abandoned Big-Box Stores Can Bring Communities Together

From nextcity.org

What do a BMX center, a church and an international marketplace have in common? Finding creative reuses of derelict commercial space that spark connections between people.
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Why Is It So Hard to Make a Website for the Government?

From www.nytimes.com

When a team of young idealists tried to make a website for California’s food-stamp system, they learned just how complicated it can be to redesign the public sector.
August Garcia's curator insight, February 21, 2019 3:37 AM

TFW the US government spent over a billion dollars on healthcare.gov.

Civic Tech: A list of questions we’d like Sidewalk Labs to answer

From torontoist.com

The first public meeting for Sidewalk Toronto is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 1. The free tickets to register “sold out” within a day of being posted. The event is currently wait-listed. It will be live-streamed on the Waterfront Toronto Facebook page, the Sidewalk Toronto Facebook page, and the Sidewalk
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