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‘Map Twins’ Bridge the Gap in a Segregated Chicago

From www.bloomberg.com

Many addresses on the North Side are reflected in vastly different neighborhoods on the South Side. This project pairs residents with their counterparts across town to explore the divisions in their city.

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The most important bike technology is … street design

From medium.com

New studies of Lisbon and Toronto offer the latest evidence for the power of safe infrastructure to encourage more cycling in cities — and speak to the perils of relying on historical data.

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Changing Planning Practices to Honor George Floyd

From www.planning.org

Planners of all types have a role to play in addressing racial injustice by connecting each decision to its effects on the whole community.

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End the Public Meeting as We Know It

From elgl.org

The pandemic changed public meetings, but only in form, not format. The current format prizes people who can show up and who have time to study proposals beforehand, stacking the deck in favor of commenters with 9-to-5 hours, access to childcare, food security and a level of comfort visiting a government building.

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Well Done, Kiwis! New Zealand Delivers Big Planning Policy Reforms

From www.planetizen.com

New Zealand’s new national urban development policy prohibits parking minimums and increases allowable building heights near transit stations. This is a watershed moment for the country’s cities and towns.

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Reimagining Our Streets

From www.urban-x.com

How do we reimagine streets to create more just and equitable cities? How do we ensure safe, accessible, and affordable transportation for all? What role does technology play in building more vibrant, diverse, and unified communities? Listen to this conversation between eight city builders to explore future scenarios for our streets and their social, environmental, and economic consequences.

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How Discussions of Neighborhood Character Reinforce Structural Racism

From www.rewire.org

What counts as "neighborhood character," and who gets to define it? In many cities, it's wealthy, white homeowners who have lived there for decades.

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New York Courts Quash Push for Racial Equity in Inwood Rezoning

From ny.curbed.com

A unanimous appeals court decision this week quashed what would have represented a significant change in the city’s approach to reshaping neighborhoods. This reversal is a resounding blow to community advocates who hoped the challenge would force a deeper study of the rezoning’s racial and socioeconomic implications on Inwood — and serve as a milestone for advancing more equitable city planning.

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How to Build Safe Routes to School During COVID-19 –

From usa.streetsblog.org

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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New ideas are all very well, but Sydney's green spaces need some old-fashioned protection

From www.smh.com.au

Urban planning studies of community values have always shown green spaces to have a high priority, but sadly the spread of ill-thought urban development and infrastructure has eroded this vital asset. In the last few years more than 70 parks and green canopies have been destroyed or threatened.

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Adding a new dimension to urban planning

From www.goodmorningamerica.com

A unique urban planning firm, made up entirely of Black women, is making a difference in communities of color.

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Lessons from Mexico City and Los Angeles

From www.itdp.org

In a dialogue published in our annual newsletter, two ITDP Directors, Michael Kodransky and Bernardo Baranda, discuss their respective cities in terms of mobility growth, local policy, and how the coronavirus has affected movement of people. 

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Freiburg: Germany’s futuristic city set in a forest

From www.bbc.com

This picture-perfect medieval city is celebrating its 900th anniversary, but its innovative design makes it one of the world’s most sustainable and liveable cities.

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20 Years Later: Envision Utah's Quality Growth Strategy Deemed a Massive Success

From www.planetizen.com

The state of Utah created Envision Utah in the late 1990s to address growth while maintaining quality of life and protecting the environment in the state. The plan set goals for 2020, so it's time to evaluate its success.
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Why This Atlanta Park Has a Dedicated Case Manager

From nextcity.org

Woodruff Park is one of the few parks nationwide to employ a dedicated case manager or social worker.
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Transparency, Engagement, and Results in Topeka

From medium.com

Years ago, Topeka city leaders heard criticism from stakeholders that the government was not transparent. City leaders are now committed to providing the public with timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.

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It’s All the Same Movement: Intersecting Immigrant Justice, The Covid-19 Pandemic, Housing Stability And The Movement For Black Lives

From www.enterprisecommunity.org

On Thursday, June 26, MPC and Enterprise Community Partners hosted a conversation with several community leaders to discuss the short and long term impacts of the COVID-19 on Chicago’s immigrant communities, necessary actions, and the intersections with the Movement for Black Lives.

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Making participation and use of open contracting data sustainable: Lessons from Bandung, Indonesia

From www.open-contracting.org

The Bandung project sought to increase access to public procurement information and improve various actors’ ability to monitor the public contracting system, including government staff, vendors, civic groups and journalists. Despite strong initial interest and uptake of the data, maintaining engagement has proved challenging. In this post, Michael introduces the project and offers words of advice to those carrying out similar initiatives. 

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Repurposing smart city solutions risks jeopardizing public trust

From www.businessinsider.com

When cities adapt smart city solutions to meet emerging needs, they risk jeopardizing public confidence in future initiatives. Leaders in the smart city space emphasize the importance of engaging citizens to get their support for smart city projects.

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Can Tactical Urbanism Be a Tool for Equity? A Conversation with Mike Lydon and Tony Garcia.

From usa.streetsblog.org

The creators of “tactical urbanism” sit down with Streetsblog to talk about where their quick-build methods are going in a historic moment that is finally centering real community engagement.

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How a Manhattan park pioneered Main Street placemaking

From www.cnu.org

Learning from Bryant Park: Revitalizing Cities, Towns, and Public Spaces, is an entertaining and important book for urbanists across America.

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On this Fourth of July, Public Space is Democracy's Great Stage

From www.metropolismag.com

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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What’s New in Civic Tech

From www.govtech.com

Microsoft funds Digital Skills Ed, how human-centered design helped city officials in Seattle massive increase testing for COVID-19, the U.S. Senate introduces a new $100 billion broadband infrastructure bill, and more.

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How Urban Design Can Make or Break a Protest

From www.smithsonianmag.com

Among the complex medley of moving parts that guide protest movements, urban design might seem like a fairly peripheral concern. But try telling that to demonstrators from Houston to Beijing, two cities that have geographic characteristics that complicate public protest. Low urban density can thwart mass participation. Limited public space can deprive protesters of the visibility and hence the momentum they need to sustain themselves. On those occasions when proceedings turn messy or violent, alleyways, parks, and labyrinthine apartment buildings can mean the difference between detention and escape.

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