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There Are No Size Requirements for Good Urbanism and Placemaking

From www.economicsofplace.com

This week I traveled from Northville, MI to Madison, WI with a stop in Chicago, IL. Three distinctly different places. All successful in their own way. Northville is an old Victorian town of 6,000 …
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New Facebook Feature Lets Users Contact Elected Officials Directly Through Posts

From www.nextgov.com

It’s part of the social media giant’s efforts to connected people to government representatives.
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The Engagement Pyramid: Six Levels of Connecting People and Social Change

From groundwire.org

Civic engagement can mean a lot of different things – from the casual forwarding of a friend’s email to deep involvement on a board of directors. The most effective social change organizations understand how to wield their portfolio of engagement tactics in Zen-like fashion; knowing just what kind of touch is called for to influence the outcomes of a particular decision.
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Democracy? There’s an app for that – the tech upstarts trying to ‘hack’ British politics

From www.theguardian.com

In Newspeak House in east London, a loose coalition of young, idealistic ‘political technologists’ are trying to fix broken parts of our electoral system. Can they give voting a digital shot in the arm?
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On Growing a Startup At Civic Hall

From civichall.org

We need places like Civic Hall if we want to continue to bring non-developers into the fray. I think our technology, and our world, will be better for it.
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Philadelphia Wants to Remedy an Urban Renewal Failure

From nextcity.org

In the Eastwick neighborhood, the city will have to navigate community engagement, competing plans and climate change.
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Drones will bring "profound change" to architecture and cities, says Mark Dytham

From www.dezeen.com

Drones will transform the way buildings are designed, the way they look and the way they are used, according to architect Mark Dytham
Sarah CD's curator insight, June 8, 2017 8:41 AM

L'impact des drones sur nos villes et bâtiments de demain ! 

Sarah CD's curator insight, June 8, 2017 8:46 AM

Quand les drones arriveront en ville ! 

Great idea: Rethinking parking

From www.cnu.org

From coast to coast and in middle America, more sensible parking policies are taking hold and may be the quickest path to urban revitalization.
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How Minimalism Can Make Cities Happier - NewCities

From newcities.org

I was born and raised in Hong Kong and lived there until my family moved to New York in 2001. Work brought me back to Hong Kong in 2014 and I am always trying to resolve social issues here via research, projects, volunteering and teaching. One of the biggest problems we have in Hong Kong …
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Engaging Pittsburgh’s Bus Stops: Bus Stops as Public Spaces - Project for Public Spaces

From www.pps.org

As the host of 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, PA, Project for Public Spaces vowed to install community-based Lighter-Quicker-Cheaper (LQC) projects that brought placemaking to Pittsburgh and connected our conference to the community. We wanted to generate an exciting project that combined the spirit of active transportation and Placemaking with Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods.
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Lessons from India in building urban resilience

From www.citiscope.org

In a new book, the people behind a well-known Indian consultancy and think tank discuss what they've learned working in cities.
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Why you should care about bots if you care about social justice

From www.fordfoundation.org

Why you should care about bots if you care about social justice
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The empathy machine: can VR stop bad city developments before they happen?

From www.theguardian.com

From ‘meeting’ a resident affected by HS2 to ‘cycling’ along a proposed bike lane through the city, VR can have a powerful impact in the real world
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What is Participatory Budgeting? An Explainer

From medium.com

Participatory Budgeting — or PB — is democracy in action, though many of us (cough — including myself one month ago — cough) didn’t know how it works. PB gives us the opportunity to prioritize issues…
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Four Guiding Principles for Difficult Conversations

From facingtoday.facinghistory.org

Facing History's Tanya Huelett shares four guiding principles to help you navigate difficult conversations.
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Lessons in audience engagement from Chicago’s Curious City

From www.cjr.org

In 2016, Curious City embarked on a year-long outreach project to find out what residents from underrepresented Chicago neighborhoods wanted to hear. What they discovered offers lessons for all journalists interested in effective community engagement.
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Chicago Youth Help Decide Where Public Funds Go

From nextcity.org

Of the city's 50 wards, nine are using participatory budgeting to engage residents in spending decisions.
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Gather your neighbors and start your own Strong Towns action group

From www.strongtowns.org

How I stopped being frustrated by my city and started working to improve
it, with the help of my neighbors.
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'Everything in civic tech is an entry point': On the beauty of hackathons

From technical.ly

Hackathons — and launchpads, as city staffer Andy Viren explains.
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We Must Understand It to Govern It: Building An Enlightened Citizenry

From www.2civility.org

An enlightened citizenry begins with citizens being educated to assess issues, form reasoned opinions, and navigate the political process.
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14 Ways to Make Local Government More Accessible

From elgl.org

This guest reflection is by ELGL member and NRC Marketing Manager Angelica Wedell. “OPEN” is a four-letter-word, but one that local governments today need no longer avoid. Making the profession mor…
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As They Rally Around Rezonings, Planners Often ‘Plansplain’

From citylimits.org

'Not all planners are plansplainers, but like men and mansplaining, there is a tendency.'
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A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America

From www.nytimes.com

The comeback of distressed and lost communities is the story of Bill Clinton’s America, not Donald Trump’s.
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