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Cities should consider barring cars from certain streets and taking some space away from drivers as part of a comprehensive strategy to get children safely to school during COVID-19.

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Making public space unwelcome is a perversion of its purpose, writes ASLA president Wendy Miller in this op-ed, and we need to keep it open to all.

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Having access to reliable, high-speed internet is not a reality for many millions of people across the United States. With so many of Americans’ day-to-day tasks—such as learning and working—relying on broadband access, what are communities doing to get more people connected?

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Both the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement create opportunities to reshape cities in more equitable ways. Why predictions of the impending end of cities are overblown — and why they may come back stronger.

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Building relationships and using respectful communication are the most effective routes to change attitudes, beliefs and ultimately behaviors. Explore several bodies of research that inform this theory.

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The critical role that good pedestrian infrastructure plays in city life has been exposed by the coronavirus lockdowns. Why can’t cities fix their sidewalk gap?

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Sometime in the last decade, coding became the must-learn, must-teach skill in the education and training world. Now, among all the predictions about the future of cities in a post pandemic world, I’d like to make a plea: let’s make civic skills the new coding. 

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Salus is a mix of radar, optical cameras and infrared sensors plus neural networks with machine-learning designed to differentiate between pedestrians, cars, bicyclists, motorbikes, and animals.

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In this Op-ed, European Civic Tech actors reaffirm the importance of their role in protecting fundamental rights and providing citizens with the tools to remain in contact with each other, and for collaboration between citizens and decision-makers.

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When one of the things we need most—the ability to associate with the people who are physically near to us—is cut off thanks to the Great Pandemic, our collective-action problem-solving abilities have been badly stunted.

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From ancient Rome to modern Atlanta, the shape of cities has been defined by the technologies that allow commuters to get to work in about 30 minutes.

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Across the spectrum, in large cities and small towns, outdoor public spaces must be a central part of the path forward. 

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The Civic Hacktivist Community is a global network for the exchange of knowledge and ideas about e-democracy and collaborative decision-making.

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The Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity to rethink how cities are designed—and make them better equipped to stop disease from spreading.

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A common thread is that cities can only succeed in achieving their goals of becoming more sustainable, resilient or inclusive if they listen and respond to their citizens’ needs and have a trusted relationship with them.

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Homelessness has plagued U.S. cities and their residents for decades, resulting in dedicated funds and continuums of care (CoC) to support affected individuals and families. But despite these efforts, the crisis is worsening.

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By analyzing tags on thousands of public photos, the researchers mapped out the sound profile of streets in 12 cities, including London, New York, Madrid, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

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Mother Nature has provided us with all the tools we need to protect humanity from the violent and life-threatening spread of viral pandemics, rising seas, extreme weather, spiking temperatures, degraded habitats, uncontrolled wildfires and other catastrophes built from the sheer avarice of the human race.

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From Auckland to Bogota, urban planners are already adapting our cities to lockdown. But will the changes last, and which more radical design proposals -- be it sewer monitors or "epidemic skyscrapers" -- will shape the post-pandemic city?

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Transit-oriented developments were seen as a solution to severe housing shortages, but experts say developers need to rethink the design for a post-pandemic world.

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Measures being put in place should not just be temporary crisis responses, but rather deliberately designed to leave a lasting, positive legacy. They include supporting local democracy; meeting needs quickly; making, buying, sharing & re-using; and using data better.

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Coronavirus has spread rapidly in cities around the globe. How might the virus make us think differently about urban design in the future?

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Civic tech teams and government agencies race to meet the overwhelming demand for people applying for benefits.   Here are a few lessons COVID-19 has taught us.

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New and more robust forms of public engagement in addressing local challenges, such as budget deficits, aging infrastructure, workforce development, opioid addiction, homelessness, and disaster preparedness, must take into account the needs, preferences, and values of its entire community, not just politically active groups.

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Along streets suddenly devoid of traffic, pedestrians get a fresh look at all the space that motor vehicles have commandeered.

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