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The Commuting Principle That Shaped Urban History

From www.citylab.com

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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The Civic Hacktivist Community — Who and Why?

From citizenos.com

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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How Smart City Planning Could Slow Future Pandemics

From www.wired.com

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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The most resilient cities are the ones that listen

From www.citymetric.com

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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US homelessness worsened by pandemic

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

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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'Chatty Maps' Reveal the Sounds of Different Cities

From www.citylab.com

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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UNDP promotes restorative, resilient, nature-based solutions for pandemics, rising seas, degraded habitats, uncontrolled wildfires

From revitalization.org

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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Our cities may never look the same again after the pandemic

From www.cnn.com

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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Coronavirus Crisis Threatens Push for Denser Housing - The New York Times

From www.nytimes.com

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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Beyond the crisis: How might local government build a positive legacy after Covid?

From medium.com

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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How do you build a city for a pandemic?

From www.bbc.com

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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The Digitally-Enabled Safety Net: Lessons from COVID-19

From beeckcenter.georgetown.edu

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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Crisis as Opportunity: Fostering Inclusive Public Engagement in Local Government

From www.mercatus.org

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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The Pandemic Shows What Cities Have Surrendered to Cars

From www.theatlantic.com

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

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Urban Density: Confronting the Distance Between Desire and Disparity

From www.azuremagazine.com

Placemaker and author Jay Pitter argues for an equity-based understanding of urban density during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

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Disease-driven details - Winnipeg Free Press

From www.winnipegfreepress.com

Contemporary city planning, as we know it, was born out of a necessity to address communicable diseases. Learning from pandemic gives urban planners new insights into what cities are, what they need to be.

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Why Housing Security is Key to Environmental Justice

From portside.org

This pandemic has exposed the limitations of our existing housing safety nets. Now more than ever, we need immediate and long-term affordable housing solutions to keep residents safe and secure in their homes.

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To Rebuild Our Towns and Cities, We Need to Design a Green Stimulus

From jacobinmag.com

The COVID-19 quarantine has exposed the importance of parks, sidewalks, and other public spaces to our collective well-being. To stitch the world back together once the pandemic recedes, we should enact a massive green stimulus that builds out our public infrastructure in beautiful, imaginative, low-carbon ways.

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A Framework for Thriving: Keep These Four Areas Front and Center as You Move Forward

From www.strongtowns.org

The four “gears” that drive a strong community in normal times are the same ones that will move towns and cities forward after the COVID-19 crisis.
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Doug Mirams's curator insight, April 24, 8:31 AM

Of these four areas (placemaking, economic development, civic education and early learning) public libraries have a vital role in their communities foster and supporting. I hope other librarians will join me on this webinar from Strong Towns next Tuesday.

Thriving on the Other Side: How Your Community Can Recreate Vibrancy After COVID-19

From www.strongtowns.org

Communities are coming together right now in ways most of us have never seen before. And we’re realizing we really need each other. How can local leaders harness this energy to build stronger local communities and economies once the crisis recedes?

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Digital Equity for Human Empowerment

From www.ctcnet.us

We can’t simply layer technology on top of our existing structural inequities and expect those inequities to be solved; we need to thoughtfully apply technology to people-first solutions that take into account our communities’ needs and goals.

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Coronavirus Response: Help the Helpers

From civichall.org

As the whole world gathers to respond to COVID-19, thousands of projects have blossomed to try and help. We’re continuing to track the most promising projects on the Civic Tech Field Guide, but we also wanted to open the floor to you, our community. 

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Introduction to Content Engagement: The 3 major components of a content engagement strategy that drives buy-in for your plans and policies

From konve.io

During this time of increased online engagement, it’s essential the information you are sharing is easy to navigate and digest. On April 3rd, Chris Haller (our founder) and Kelly Hickler (our communications manager) presented an Introduction to Content Engagement webinar for members of the American Planning Association that offers some tricks and tips on how to make your content relevant to your audience, foster understanding, and get informed feedback. Here’s a quick recap of the major takeaways from the webinar.

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