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Love Your Block program yields more than just cosmetic improvements to Lancaster city neighborhoods

From lancasteronline.com

We read so often — including in these Opinion pages — about how divided Americans are. It can be dispiriting (for us, too). But then we read about a program like Love Your Block and the young adults spending a year volunteering to help people make their communities better, and our hearts lift.

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How Many Lives Could Car-Free 'Superblocks' Save?

From www.citylab.com

A new study estimates that a citywide plan to limit cars and capture nearly 70 percent of street space for bikes and pedestrians could save 667 lives per year.
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Opening Data is Not Enough: How to Become a Human-Driven City

From medium.com

One of the crucial first steps to creating a local government that works for residents is for cities to publish their information and data for anyone to access, but the truth is that open datasets…
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Gamespace Urbanism: City-Building Games and Radical Simulations

From failedarchitecture.com

The virtual gamespace has often promised to provide an arena in which to explore radical urban scenarios, but a growing number of indie games are finally beginning to realise this potential.

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What can journalists learn from community organizers?

From medium.com

“Journalists do a lot of hand-wringing about what is or isn’t journalism or who is or isn’t a journalist,” Rispoli said. “That is completely missing the point. What we need to focus on is, ‘Do…
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Denver Hosts Digital Open House to Support Neighborhood Plans

From konve.io

Denver’s East Central Planning Area contains a rich mix of amenities, jobs, and housing options, and remains one of the most dynamic places in the city. The area’s outdated neighborhood plans coupled with additional changes on the horizon—including plans to improve City Park and add Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)—make East Central a top priority for engaging the community in a new plan. The City needed a way to share the poster boards from the in-person open houses and collect community feedback on them online.

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What’s New in Civic Tech: CfA Shares Clear My Record Tech

From www.govtech.com

Plus, 10 cities form an innovation cohort that is looking for startup collaborators; Code for America evaluates public benefits applications across all 50 states; Virginia digitizes occupational licensing; and more.
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How Social Should Social Media Be? – ELGL

From elgl.org

Do you know what’s trending on social? Has your boss ever asked you to make something go viral? Ever wonder what will happen if you block that pesky troll? How much time should you be spending listening instead of posting? Are ‘stories’ really the way of the future?
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Where Code Meets Concrete

From urbanomnibus.net

Introducing the series Digital Frictions. What happens when the “smart city” encounters other forms of urban intelligence?
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Growing through Convening: The blossoming of the annual CTIF

From medium.com

In November 2018, the Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN) held its second convening of the civic tech community — an activity now honourably dubbed the annual Civic Tech Innovation Forum (CTIF)…
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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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Redefining the Smart City Concept: A New Smart City Definition

From hub.beesmart.city

What is a smart city and what is the best strategic approach for cities? Explore the smart city definition and evolution of the concept and its relevance.
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Start-ups can show the way to public sector transformation

From www.publictechnology.net

Govtech has the potential to transform public services through the application of technology, to the benefit of service providers and citizens alike. This might include anything from better, smarter, more efficient transport systems, to greener more eco-friendly streets, to more accessible healthcare. In order to truly transform society, we need to transform government procurement policy and working practices

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China Smart City Tech in Line with that of the U.S.

From www.govtech.com

A firsthand look at connected technology in China, which despite the two countries’ vastly different political structures is developing along much the same path as it is in U.S. states and localities.
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Want to Start a Local Revolution? Ask a Kid This Question —

From www.strongtowns.org

I asked my daughter a simple question on the way to school one morning. Her response gave a valuable kids-eye-view of the neighborhood…both as it is and as it could be.
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Why Pedestrians Feel Ignored in Bike-Happy Amsterdam -Easing Tension Between Dutch Cyclists and Walkers

From www.citylab.com

The city government is studying pedestrian-cyclist conflicts as some residents complain of "antisocial" cyclist behavior and a lack of enforcement.
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Prototyping Engagement Workshops for the Future of Federal Data, Dashboards, and Storytelling

From digital.gov

User-centered design is critical for meetings—from the front lines to C-suite. How might we host more hands-on learning sessions and experience exchanges to improve and customize the way the federal workforce communicates to diverse stakeholders?
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Test. Learn. Adjust - The pop-up approach allows for continuous adaptation

From www.architects.org

As a result, pop-up-driven customer-experience elements—engaging, flexible, and multifunctional—are weaving their way into all market sectors and public institutions. Companies are also using the ethos of the test-and-learn model to create a framework to continually adapt their spaces to allow for rapid response to user needs and feedback.
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Kenya taps innovative digital mapping to enhance public participation

From blogs.worldbank.org

OpenStreetMap of Kenya Kenya is well known for its innovation in technology, particularly mobile technology in cash transfers. These innovations have largely been championed by the private sector and young entrepreneurs. 

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U.S. civic tech, ten years in: Building on progress to tap civic tech’s full potential

From luminategroup.com

The U.S. Luminate team turned to Dalberg to identify and analyze trends and lessons from the last decade of U.S. civic tech. We hope the findings will inform not only our work going forward, but also that of our partners and co-investors.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: National Day of Civic Hacking 2019

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Code for Philly preps for month-long civic tech event; Maryland-based nonprofit creates mobile learning labs from old shipping containers; and Illinois is recruiting a chief data officer.
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Is there a good way to evaluate the impact of civic tech?

From sunlightfoundation.com

As open government and civic tech movements seek to understand how our work affects social inequalities, organizations and their leaders will need more nuanced and explicit ways to communicate how government reforms that use tech and data can generate impact. 

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