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How Barcelona is leading a new era of digital democracy

From medium.com

One day back in March 2016, a Barcelona resident went online and — using the anonymous handle “Eiyeitis” — voiced an opinion about the city’s 010 telephone information service. In Spain, dialing 010…
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Denver's Chief Storyteller on the Power of Stories to Engage Your Community

From kimlundgrenassociates.com

In the local government world, we are constantly trying to push information OUT to members of our community. A new initiative. Results from a previous initiative. A planning process. A public forum. A revamped website. Even when we’re seeking people’s feedback, we’re asking them *our* questions in a survey.   

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How to Turn Cities Into Pollinator Sanctuaries

From nextcity.org

Curtailing light pollution, starting a seed library and other ways metro areas are bringing pollinators back.
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The Grand Rapids neighborhood using public murals as a catalyst for community art conversations

From www.rapidgrowthmedia.com

In the Creston neighborhood, local artists have taken on art accessibility as their personal mission in the form of colorful, expansive outdoor murals.
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City of Evanston Includes Public in Reviewing Proposed Development Projects

From konve.io

The City of Evanston Planning and Zoning Division is tasked with reviewing all proposals and applications related to new developments within city limits. As part of the process, the division makes proposed development projects available for public review to create transparency and preserve the quality of life of Evanston residents. 

To make the public review process less tedious and save residents time, the City of Evanston needed a way to move the review process online.  

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In Indianapolis, a block party show’s a neighborhood’s equitable future

From www.curbed.com

A cross between a street fair, tactical urbanism, and historical re-enactment, PreEnactIndy uses the past to see a better future.
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‘Of’ not just ‘in’ Barking & Dagenham

From medium.com

People often ask us if we can work on projects outside of Barking and Dagenham. Community engagement and collaborative design is a service that can move right? But we’re proud to be an organisation…
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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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