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How to Turn a Car Town into a Cycling City – Next City

From nextcity.org

Lessons from the Dutch, where the number of bikes exceeds the number of people.
Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 16, 8:30 AM

Building around alternative modes of transportation...

A How-To Manual for Fixing Badly Planned Cities

From www.citylab.com

An excerpt from Jeff Speck’s Walkable City Rules, a step-by-step guide to fixing America’s cities and towns.
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The Civic Tech and Data Collaborative Guide to Civic Tech & Data Ecosystem Mapping

From medium.com

Ecosystems are dynamic networks that emerge through connections between many actors. Civic tech and data ecosystems are shaped by interactions between local actors who use or create data and technology to improve civic life, specifically government services and other policies and programs that affect low-income residents. To better support and leverage local connections, ecosystem mapping is a process that allows people to visualize their network and understand how each organization in the community contributed or could contribute to common goals.
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Can We Tell a Truer Story about Civic Tech?

From civichall.org

The Personal Democracy Forum conference has always been a celebration of technology’s role transforming politics and redefining democracy. But this year’s celebration included particularly strong notes of caution, like danah boyd’s talk on the unintended consequences of code, Mark Surman’s warning that internet freedom is shrinking and Mariana Ruiz Firmat’s reminder that equity within our organizations …
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Civic tech: a movement in its "unruly teenage years"

From apolitical.co

This opinion piece was written by Grace O’Hara, the head of marketing at civic tech organisation Code for Australia.  Civic tech is a global movement of people working collaboratively with their governments to make the world a better place, and it’s well and truly in its unruly teenage years. As a community we’ve learnt how to walk, talk and for the most part, survive
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Desire paths: the illicit trails that defy the urban planners 

From www.theguardian.com

When cities lack the paths pedestrians need, people vote with their feet
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3 impactful reasons to walk to school

From spacing.ca

This guest post from Armi de Francia, School Travel Planning Facilitator at Green Communities Canada, marks the beginning of October, International Walk To School Month (“Walktober”). Walking to school (including walking with a mobility aid device) is more powerful than most people realize. It makes a difference, whether it happens a few times in the school …
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A Network of Prefab Tiny Homes Allows Users to "Pay as You Live"

From www.dwell.com

Smart, sustainable, and minimalistic—these "location-independent, pay-as-you-live" prefab tiny homes introduce a new genre of urban living.
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Top 7 disruptive technologies for cities

From blogs.worldbank.org

Imagine you were working in development and poverty reduction in the early 1990s (I was!). Only one website existed in all the world in August 1991 (today there are over 1.5 billion). Mobile phones were expensive, rare, and clunky. Very few would anticipate a situation in which India would have more mobile phones than toilets. To paraphrase Bill Gates: we tend to overestimate the changes that will happen in the short term and underestimate those in the long term.

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The Problem with Dull Knives: What’s the Defense Department got to do with Code for America?

From medium.com

We wrapped the 7th Code for America Summit on Friday, and are delighted with the forward progress we made together as a community. It was an energizing and galvanizing event, and I’m so proud of the…
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Local Trust - Engaging with the past to build better futures

From localtrust.org.uk

Carey Newson, author of our essay 'Designs on the past', describes her experience of learning from four Big Local communities who see their histories as a catalyst for community change
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Hacking civic engagement through design: Cyd Harrell at TEDxSacramento

From www.youtube.com

Cyd is a passionate advocate for the citizen experience. She's an accomplished user experience (UX) researcher and currently serves as Code for America's UX Evangelist. Cyd wants to redesign interaction between government and its citizens to create a virtuous cycle of trust. She envisions a world where civic interactions are just as inviting and rewarding as commercial ones.

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4 Questions on the Future of Dockless Bike Sharing, From Its Birthplace —

From thecityfix.com

Just three years ago, dockless bike sharing was operating at a small, university-scale in China. By the end of 2017, there were more than 20 million dockless bikes in the…
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How ‘Social Infrastructure’ Can Knit America Together

From www.citylab.com

Eric Klinenberg, author of "Palaces for the People," talks about how schools, libraries, and other institutions can restore a sense of common purpose in America.
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Techies in Politics: A New Wave Runs for Office

From civichall.org

Can more techies in politics make for better policy? Dozens of scientists, computer scientists and tech entrepreneurs are running for office this year both on the federal and state level. They won’t be immune to the gravitational pull of politics once in office, but many expect that they’ll put more faith in data and the expertise …
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Putting Community Information Needs and Civic Participation at the Heart of Disaster Recovery

From blog.grdodge.org

There is nothing quite like a major natural disaster to reveal huge gaps in a community’s information needs and infrastructure. When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in late 2012, leaving $68 billion in damage in its wake, people scrambled for information. Where and when to buy gas during the shortage? When will the electricity be restored? How to get help from the state to rebuild damaged homes?
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22 Reasons Trees in Cities Keep Us Healthy and Save Us Money

From www.bluezones.com

For a planting cost of $250-600 (including first 3 years of maintenance), a single street tree returns over $90,000 of direct benefits (not including aesthetic, social and natural) in the lifetime of the tree.
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This Data Shows Who Grabs the Mic at Public Planning Meetings

From nextcity.org

“We hear a lot of, ‘I’m in support of affordable housing, just not here,’” says DeFranza, who’s the executive director of Harborlight Community Partners, a community development corporation in southern Essex County in Greater Boston.
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Cities as Centers for Deliberative Democracy

From www.publicagenda.org

Whether dealing with climate change, immigration or even trade, cities and metropolitan areas have for some time now taken initiatives and formed networks to address pressing social and economic issues.
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What it Takes for Cities to Practice Adaptive Leadership

From meetingoftheminds.org

Adaptive cities are analytical. Their leaders set a balanced vision for the future of the community, and then collect and study data, continually look for patterns, and use that information and analysis to inform long-range planning and infrastructure investments to realize that vision.
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Gentrification: A Timeline

From nextcity.org

The term “gentrification” turned 50 in 2014. Originally coined to describe organic population shifts witnessed in London’s inner neighborhoods, it has come to encapsulate cultural trends, economic cycles and discrete public policies.
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Why your favorite bench might be there to thwart a terrorist attack - The

From www.washingtonpost.com

Attackers using vehicles as weapons are causing designers to rethink security in public spaces.
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