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Cities Should Celebrate, Not Suppress, Black Joy in Public Spaces

From nextcity.org

Op-Ed: “It is not enough to simply label a space as public and not do the work to think intentionally about the experiences that marginalized groups will have within that space.”
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Urban Design is Affecting Our Brains

From smartgrowth.org

By  Stephanie Marino via Deep Roots Design affects the brain. We know this intuitively, as we get frustrated when poor wayfinding causes us to get us lost or we feel renewed after a run in the park, but only recently are we starting to understand how and why. Our immediate environment can prompt both negative and positive effects and it’s becoming evident that the way spaces are designed can exert a strong influence on our behavior. This is especially important
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Do you believe design should be a public good?

From medium.com

After having been at Code for America for two years, attended a dozen Brigade MeetUps, and led design research for the Talent Initiative, I increasingly receive inquiries about how to concretely make…
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Driving smart city innovation with open sensor data - GovFresh

From govfresh.com

For many years, open access to data has been viewed as an important means of improving government transparency and accountability and deepening citizen engagement, and today hundreds of local and national governments worldwide are using open data portals to publish data and documents that they produce over the course of their operations.
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A 21st-Century Town Hall?

From www.newamerica.org

This case study introduces students to the field of civic technology and the possibility that it could help to amplify citizen engagement.
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San Francisco’s Startup in Residence Program Seeks to Expand Across North America

From www.govtech.com

If the program continues its successes, it could change how startups and government work together, leading to an increase in civic innovations. All interested cities must RSVP before Aug. 4 to be eligible to apply.
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Foundations of Civic Health: Neighborhood Order (and Disorder)

From citiesspeak.org

New research shows cities that prioritize the maintenance of public spaces and community assets are more likely to inspire civic trust, stewardship and participation in public life. Here are three key findings — and three ways city leaders can incorporate them in their communities. This is a guest post by Suzanne Nienaber. This is the…
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29 Ideas to Activate Empty Spaces in Your Community - urbanSCALE.com

From urbanscale.com

Do you have empty spaces in your community? Do you have forgotten buildings and corridors in your city? Does your downtown have areas that are sorely underutilized, like alleys or similar spaces? Are there any former industrial areas in your community that are currently sitting vacant? Are there any other parts of your community that …
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Transform Your City With Tactical Urbanism

From vimeo.com

If you're a public space aficionado or transportation maven, one only needs to sign on to one of the various social media feeds to see the daily movement that…
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Here's how cities can go completely renewable

From www.greenbiz.com

A new handbook offers advice to cities willing to make the leap to join Frankfurt, Vancouver, San Francisco and more than 300 others in the transition to clean energy.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Seattle Wins National Awards for Digital Equity Efforts

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Code for America brings Californians human-centered access to food assistance, 18F and the FBI build Crime Data Explorer, and Austin, Texas, donates used government computers to underserved residents.
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How can the Open Data Charter help cities? - International Open Data Charter

From opendatacharter.net

By Jean-Noé Landry and Merlin Chatwin As more and more cities take steps to adopt open data programs we have …
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Public art isn’t just a way to fill space. It can turn whole communities around.

From ggwash.org

Last month, Ben’s Chili Bowl unveiled a new mural. The display brought a crowd of people outside to reflect on the bright colors, cultural touchstones, and iconic images that represent DC, U Street, and the history of the local black community.  It also got me thinking about how public art fits into public space.
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How to do Real Public Engagement

From www.strongtowns.org

Yes, it's possible to have a community meeting where resident voices are heard, while experts and professionals get their say as well. Here are several tips for how to do that.

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Serving up technology in the public’s interest—hard, but worth it

From mashable.com

The private sector is important, but tech needs to be on the forefront of government and policy efforts
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Citizen Planners Meet to Discuss Barriers, Issues Facing the Planning Community

From mdplanningblog.com

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association’s (MPCA) Outreach project is off to a hot start this summer. With two focus group meetings in the books and five to go, members of Maryland’s planning community are embracing the effort and expressing their opinions. The MPCA hosted the first meeting in Calvert County and the local press took…
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Chicago techies just launched a new platform to boost civic engagement

From www.builtinchicago.org

From grassroots organizations to civic groups, government boards and nonprofits, there’s no shortage of organizations working to make Chicago a better place. But for Chicagoans who want to contr
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Why Middle School Is an Ideal Time to Teach Civic Engagement

From www.nais.org

Middle school is fertile ground because 11-14 year olds are increasingly concerned about fairness, justice, and their own thoughts on the world around them
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Mayor de Blasio Brings NYC's First Neighborhood Innovation Lab for Smart City Technologies to Browns

From www1.nyc.gov

Mayor de Blasio Brings NYC's First Neighborhood Innovation Lab for Smart City Technologies to Brownsville
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Top Five Reasons Public Space is Important

From culturedays.ca

During my undergrad, one course that really struck me was, “Urban Transformations, Affective Cartography”. We studied how urban landscapes are more than just spatial. We looked at how public space, specifically, urban space, affect our physical, psychological, and emo...

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Mid-sized Albuquerque Brings Big-Time Data Game – What Works Cities

From medium.com

For the City of Albuquerque, open data has become a path to open communication with the community, making a more resident-friendly city, and saving public funds. Those efforts are proving so fruitful…
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Participating in Participatory Budgeting by Center for civic design

From civicdesign.org

Learning about designing for the engaged citizens who vote in participatory budgeting
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Meaningful Community Engagement is Like Exercise: Difficult, Emotional and Gratifying

From www.publicagenda.org

How a Vermont town is dealing with major questions about school district consolidation.
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Eric Gordon on Valuing the Inefficiencies of Civic Life 

From civichall.org

A discussion of play, meaning, smart cities and civic life with Eric Gordon, professor and director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College.
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