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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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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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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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Mifflin Square Park improvements start with small moves, build toward big change

From planphilly.com

The typical hallmarks of a neighborhood convening were there: Parents dutifully pointing their smartphones at their teenagers dancing on the stage. Neighbors milling about…
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6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement

From citiesspeak.org

The city's Better Together initiative has resulted in a community action plan focused on six steps that promote equity and community dialogue among residents. This is a guest post by Linda Harris. What is the role of local government in creating a space for community dialogue among residents? How do you bring everyone to the…
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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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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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City of Orlando advances new ‘Smart ORL’ initiative, aims to become prototype city for smart cities technologies

From www.brookings.edu

Orlando has used the 'Green Works Orlando' program to serve as a central platform to enhance the city’s long-term sustainability. It’s breadth of focus areas demonstrate how seriously they take the concept of environmental sustainability.
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Toronto’s young people are starting to interrupt the not-in-my-backyard chorus

From www.theglobeandmail.com

Smart, young city-loving people are speaking out for a denser and ultimately more affordable city
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Civic engagement, not civic participation – Open Savannah

From medium.com

Building a grassroots civic-tech ecosystem in a metro area the size of Savannah, Ga. requires more than just recruiting local developers and designers to join in and volunteer for a shared civic…
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It’s a Little Plano in Here: How a Reality Television Show Supercharged Engagement

From elgl.org

Editor’s Note: Retweet this article on Twitter and you’re entered into a drawing for free “It’s a Little Plano in Here” gear. How a Reality Television Show Supercharge…
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Portland's Next Density Spurt

From www.citylab.com

Flashy new residential projects near the Burnside Bridge suggest the expansion of the Rose City's urban core has leaped across the Willamette River.
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How Chula Vista is turning its bayfront into a smart city test bed

From www.techrepublic.com

Find out how Chula Vista is working to add smart city tech to its bayfront and beyond with a major project underway in this fast growing southern California city.
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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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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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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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