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If Sunday Is For Church, This Group Wants Saturdays For Activism

From www.huffingtonpost.com

“It’s on you, in your city or community, to keep on driving change.”
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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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Melbourne, Australia Plans Assault on Sprawl With '20-Minute Neighborhoods'

From www.planetizen.com

Melbourne's long-range plan for development through 2050 envisions denser neighborhoods, built around the idea of 20-minute neighborhoods. The Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 long-range plan released last week has offered some innovative changes to the city's current planning scheme to address an anticipated growth from 4.5 million to 8 million residents between now and 2050.
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Seattle Could Become The First U.S. City To Give Renters A Voice In Local Government

From www.fastcoexist.com

A proposed commission would give a representative group of Seattle renters the chance to advocate for increased protections and affordability i
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The social dimension of nature in cities 

From gehlpeople.com

Every city strives to become more lively, healthy, and inclusive. In an era of increasing inequalities and health issues, this is not just a means to attract new residents and retain talent, it is a necessity for cities to survive. Most cities struggle even when solutions are visible, literally in front of their eyes
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Turning Dirty Streets Clean through Comprehensive Open Data Mapping

From www.govtech.com

Through a Clean Streets LA initiative called CleanStat, Los Angeles is the first city to map the cleanliness of every one of its blocks.
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The Wisdom of Engaging Nervous Cyclists

From www.planetizen.com

It was clear to the City of Toronto that engaging less confident cyclists that make up 60% of the population, yet seldom come to community meetings, might be the key to dramatic mode shifts in the city. Here's how it happened.
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Detroit's Dubious Civic Tech Champions 

From civichall.org

Like other for-profit civic technology companies, Loveland sits at an uncomfortable intersection of priorities. Since its inception, Loveland has struggled to reconcile what its founders think the city needs with what community organizers and residents want and need and what nonprofits, government agencies, and companies are willing to buy.
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From Social to Smart: Connected Communities Are Plugging in to Innovation

From www.govtech.com

While it’s cool to offer cutting-edge connected technologies, the ultimate goal is to make communities safer and more energy efficient, to improve service delivery, and so on.
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Film Review: ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’

From variety.com

A documentary captures the showdown between activist Jane Jacobs and Trumpian planner Robert Moses: a fight for the future of New York City.
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Liberal Democracy Is Too Limited in the Era of the On-Demand Economy

From www.zocalopublicsquare.org

In the 20th century, the legitimacy of governments was based almost solely on the rule of law and the right to vote.In the democratic upheaval of the 21st century, citizens still want the protection of laws and the ability to choose representatives, but those powers may no longer be enough to make government legitimate in the eyes of the people. In the future, governments may rise or fall depending on whether they give citizens meaningful roles in decision-making, problem-solving, and community-building.Changes in democracy are occurring now because of tectonic shifts in the relationship between citizens and government. As a population, we are better educated than ever before. We are not as deferential to expertise and authority as we once were. And we are networked through the internet to an almost infinite number of potential connections and sources of information. In other words, the people have more capacity. The question of whether governments, civil society, and other institutions can develop the …
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Urban Memory Infrastructure

From urbanomnibus.net

A city needs memory like it needs streets, trees, and people. But how do we build an infrastructure to contain and deliver the city's history
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How should cities prepare for a driverless car future? Here are six tips

From archinect.com

The days of driving your own car are coming to a close: as many as seven million driverless cars could be making their self-directed way around major urban hubs across the U.S. within the next few decades. So what should cities do to keep up with these changes? This white paper by Arcadi
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Millennials: The Rise of the Everyday Changemaker - Case Foundation

From casefoundation.org

The millennial generation is fundamentally changing how change is made. Check out the findings from the 2016 Millennial Impact Report.
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Philly's Civic Engagement Academy expanding to meet booming demand

From planphilly.com

Since late November, the city's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service has received at least one request per day from people interested in…
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Games for Cities Conference

From www.urenio.org

How can games improve the process of urban planning? That’s the central question at the upcoming Games for Cities International Conference, taking place in
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Melbourne Uses Smart City Tech To Stay World's Most Liveable Place

From www.silicon.co.uk

Melbourne is the world's most liveable city. Smart technology and IoT are how it plans to stay that way as population grows
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Facebook’s Town Hall feature helps you find and contact your local government officials

From www.theverge.com

Another week, another feature gets added to the Facebook mobile app. In addition to the new City Guides and Weather buttons that were recently introduced in the Apps section, Facebook ha
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In Two Years, Boston Goes From 5,000 Questions to 15-Year Plan

From nextcity.org

“Go Boston 2030” includes direction to shorten commute times, increase job access.
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Government Applications of IoT

From insidebigdata.com

The insideBIGDATA Guide to Data Analytics in Government provides an in-depth overview of the use of data analytics technology in the public sector. Focus is given to how data analytics is being used in the government setting with a number of high-profile use case examples. This is the second in a series of articles providing content extracted from the guide. The topic for this segment is government applications of the Internet-of-Things (IoT).
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Community Organizing And Its Growing Importance: The Genius That is The "Block Party" Concept

From blog.voxcitio.com

Building a sense of community is more important now than ever before. Check out our reasons why citizen engagement can’t just be measured by signatures.
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4 External Forces Accelerating the Smart City Model

From by.dialexa.com

A smart city model for innovation may seem like a novel idea for now, but they’re becoming more of a necessity than people might think.
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