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Going down the rabbit hole of sprawl repair

From www.strongtowns.org

It’s very easy to get caught up in beautiful renderings but the truth is, most of suburbia is beyond repair. We must make strategic investments in the places that have the best chance for success.

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7 inspiring civic hacking projects from Code for Philly's #CELaunchpad

From technical.ly

Sixty-five civic hackers will spend the next month working on projects around gerrymandering, sample ballots and parking (with advice from lotsa city government folks.)
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Play-Full & Playful Cities | The City of Play: Architecture, Design, Research, Engagement, Scotland

From www.thecityofplay.co.uk

If we accept that there is more to life than existence, work and everyday functioning, and we acknowledge the role ‘playing’ has in our development as individu
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How fire chiefs and traffic engineers make places less safe

From www.cnu.org

Normal, walkable streets are under attack in Celebration, Florida. The battle threatens your neighborhood, wherever you live.
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Brooklyn's 'Neighborhood Innovation Lab' Targets Quality of Life, Tech Jobs

From www.govtech.com

The Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn will debut several smart city projects later this year as part of the city's first Neighborhood Innovation Lab, which also aims at stimulating tech jobs.
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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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