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Learn From These Communities Who Successfully Moved Their Meetings Online

From medium.com

When shelter-in-place orders went into effect, most in-person public meetings and events had to be cancelled. Let’s explore how the communities of Arlington County, Missoula, Cupertino, Denver, and Austin successfully moved their meetings online.

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The Internet's Missing Link in the Age of COVID-19

From civichall.org

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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Virtual city council meetings are boom or bust for local governments

From statescoop.com

While some report the forced digitization is improving civic engagement, technological gaffs have also created confusion and slowed proceedings.

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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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7 Emerging Tips for Equitable Digital Engagement

From www.planning.org

Here’s a look at some of the ways planners and local leaders are keeping engagement efforts inclusive in the COVID-19 pandemic, even while social distancing.

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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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City of London to widen pavements and ban cars on its narrow streets

From www.timeout.com

As the nationwide lockdown eases and people think about heading back to work, plans have been made to make sure people can safely get around the city while remaining two metres apart from each other.

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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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Sidewalk Labs’ plan to make Toronto a ‘smart’ city was destined to fail

From www.curbed.com

Less than a year ago, Sidewalk Labs unveiled plans to test fantastical urban innovations across a 12-acre swath of Toronto’s waterfront. Now, the most ambitious project from Google’s urban-planning arm has been called off.

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What are Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)?

From siteimprove.com

At the heart of the WCAG standards are four areas of focus that keep websites accessible and usable for users of all abilities. An accessible website needs to feature content that is perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.

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Minneapolis’ Secret 2040 Sauce was Engagement

From streets.mn

Authentic community engagement was crucial to creating and passing the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the elimination of single-family zoning.

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How Minneapolis Freed Itself From the Stranglehold of Single-Family Homes

From www.politico.com

"We’ve avoided a political coalition between folks who want to stop development and [those who] support progressive change,” said Lisa Bender, Minneapolis’ city council president. “In Minneapolis, for now, we have a political coalition that is supportive of adding more housing and demanding a race-equity approach to housing access." 

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Wellness Through Urbanism: An Interview with James Nozar on Tampa's Water Street

From urbandesignforum.org

Doubling the size of Tampa’s downtown, Water Street re-envisions 53 acres of the city’s underutilized waterfront as the world’s first WELL-certified neighborhood. Designed to promote physical and mental health, the new neighborhood includes amenities like advanced recycling systems, outdoor physical activity programming, and a community wellness center.

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Jane Up North: How Jane Jacobs' spirit lives on in Toronto

From www.curbed.com

In concrete terms, Jacobs' advocacy for dense, mixed-use, utterly urban neighborhoods has helped shape Toronto, but more broadly, her legacy is a spirit of activism and engagement with the 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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Coronavirus Is Inspiring Wave of Gov Tech Volunteerism

From www.govtech.com

The pandemic has inspired legions of government technology experts from various backgrounds to volunteer their time and expertise to help government at all levels overcome technology hurdles.

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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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The City Planner Behind Parks and Rec

From elgl.org

Interview with the the lucky local government professional who was hired as a consultant for the show “Parks and Recreation.” 

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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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