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Engaging the public would have eased Amazon's arrival—and it still can

From www.crainsnewyork.com

Residents typically fight decisions when not allowed to weigh in
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South Bend’s Mayor on What Local Governments Can Learn From Estonia

From www.routefifty.com

The Indiana city’s new mobility-as-a-service pilot is helping low-income shift workers commute for free.
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Blueprint Denver has designs on a better city 

From denverite.com

A dozen pages in Blueprint Denver, essentially staff policy proposals on which City Council will rule, suggest approaches to ensuring our city’s architecture does reflect our society and our aspirations.
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Where Residents, Politics, and Government Meet - two case studies from Philadelphia

From www.newamerica.org

How can cities improve local government and civic engagement at the same time? Two case studies in Philadelphia may have answers.
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Chicago DOT Develops Parklet Prototype to Encourage Hanging Out

From nextcity.org

"We thought hard about how could make the most flexible and unique design that everyone could build.”
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Five reasons to get excited about Toronto’s new Civic Innovation Office

From medium.com

In Canada’s largest city, a new Civic Innovation Office is doing procurement differently. They’re inviting entrepreneurs, innovators and other from outside of City Hall to participate in the process.
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Doing data differently – Greensboro’s evolving open data program

From sunlightfoundation.com

The City of Greensboro, North Carolina used public requests for information to help build an open data portal that was responding directly to residents’ needs. The City took a resident-informed approach to open data, and as a result, has seen public records requests drop off in comparison to nationa
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Streets Aren’t the Only Thing That Connects Your City —

From www.strongtowns.org

In Akron, Ohio an alternative-news monthly called The Devil Strip serves to identify, connect and inspire people throughout the community. The newspaper helps bring Akronites together to envision and shape the city’s future.
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Uniquely Different: How we make civic tech “work” in our small city 

From medium.com

August 18th marked the fifth year Code for Asheville has participated in the National Day of Civic Hacking. Members of the Asheville community showed up to learn how to request public records…
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11 Must-See Art Installations, Inspired By Solar Panels

From cleantechnica.com

We all know that solar is a practical, smart investment. It’s good for the environment, frees people to control their own electricity production and is one of the fastest-growing industries

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Meet the Midnight Runners: 'It bonds us with the city' | Cities | The Guardian

From www.theguardian.com

A community of night-time runners who soundtrack their jaunts to bass-heavy dance music is changing the face of urban running
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A Bus Tour through the Past, Present and Future of Environmental Justice

From nextcity.org

Trip highlighted grassroots climate action initiatives across the United States.
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Triplexes, max heights and parking: what to expect from a revised Minneapolis 2040 plan

From www.minnpost.com

An updated version of the proposed comprehensive plan is set to released sometime next week. 
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Golden could be the first Colorado city to lower the minimum voting age to 16

From www.orton.org

Bella Macarelli regularly discusses the big issues of the day — politics, immigration, gun control — with her classmates at Golden High School.

She says her age (she turns 16 in November) shouldn’t preclude her and her friends from bringing those lofty thoughts from the schoolyard to the ballot box.

“Most of the votes you would get are from students who care and are well informed,” Macarelli said. “We have highly intelligent conversations in class.”
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Sustainable Architecture: The Beauty Behind Energy

From cleantechnica.com

As we enter a more environmentally-conscious age, we need to inevitably build more ecologically responsible and sustainable cities.
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Your Voice, Your Choice Wraps Up Second Year with 51 Project Selections »

From www.theurbanist.org

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has wrapped up a second year of its citywide participatory voting program, Your Voice Your Choice (YVYC), to select projects with a street or park focus to receive community funding. Formerly the funding had been allocated by the department’s District Neighborhood Councils under a program called Neighborhood Park and Streets
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The case for a public, democratic, municipal API in Toronto

From medium.com

Web developers at Sidewalk Labs — the Google-funded, New York based private firm that is working on a tech-first waterfront neighbourhood in Toronto — have been busy. While the New York based…
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NYC Planning Labs, One Year In

From medium.com

In the past twelve months we’ve moved extremely fast, not only shipping innovative digital planning tools, but also setting a major precedent for the use of agile methods, human-centered design, and…
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Need help understanding the city budget? Grab a toy car and get to work.

From denverite.com

Warm Cookies of the Revolution has built a massive Rube Goldberg machine to get you thinking about participatory budgeting.
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'This summer doesn't belong in Scandinavia': stories of heat around the world 

From www.theguardian.com

From Hawaii to the Netherlands and France to South Korea readers have shared their reactions to recent record temperatures
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Who Do You Imagine When You Imagine Biking in Cities – Next City

From nextcity.org

New book challenges biking advocates and racial justice advocates to expand their imaginations around biking.
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