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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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Smart cities during COVID-19

From digileaders.com

Cities and communities are beginning to develop new ways of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic that seek to make the most of the collective intelligence of urban areas.

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Gameful civic engagement: A review of the literature on gamification of e-participation - ScienceDirect

From www.sciencedirect.com

A study found that gamified e-participation is linked to increased engagement, motivation, civic learning and enjoyment amongst other outcomes. 

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Social Justice, Broadband Top Priorities for Smart Cities

From www.govtech.com

Smart city leaders from Houston, New Orleans and Columbus, Ohio, discussed their vision for tomorrow's cities following widespread disruptions brought on by the pandemic, economic hardships and social unrest.

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South Ribble Council wants residents more involved in decision-making

From www.lep.co.uk

A year-long trial of ways in which residents South Ribble can get more involved in decision-making in the district is set to begin. Amongst the changes to be tested is a revamp of the borough’s five longstanding “My Neighbourhood Forums”, which provide a platform for residents to raise concerns and requests for action in their area.

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With Green Participatory Budgeting, Racial Justice and Climate Justice Go Hand in Hand

From www.gothamgazette.com

The effects of climate change will disproportionately threaten New Yorkers of color. Green participatory budgeting can tackle both climate change and create a more equal, democratic society.

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Black Landscapes Matter: Interview with Walter Hood, ASLA

From dirt.asla.org

Walter Hood, ASLA, author of “Black Landscapes Matter”, discusses planning and designing landscapes that allow for a diversity of narratives and perspectives, instead of homogenized landscapes that just say one thing to one group of people.

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Inclusion and Civic Engagement in Public Technology Building and Planning

From www.benton.org

Grassroots-generated skepticism points to a real need for better-designed processes around local, smart city deployments — processes that safeguard resident opinions, resident consent, and procedural justice as urban innovation is pursued.

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Who's Not Online in America Today? | The Pew Charitable Trusts

From pew.org

Having access to reliable, high-speed internet is not a reality for many millions of people across the United States. With so many of Americans’ day-to-day tasks—such as learning and working—relying on broadband access, what are communities doing to get more people connected?

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Could public meetings be better online than they were in person?

From ggwash.org

Some projects, like road safety improvements, need community vetting before they can move forward, but in-person public meetings can’t happen right now. What are governments doing? Are public meetings online worse, or better, than their in-person counterparts?

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This Is Not the End of Cities

From www.bloomberg.com

Both the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement create opportunities to reshape cities in more equitable ways. Why predictions of the impending end of cities are overblown — and why they may come back stronger.

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Smart Cities, Inclusive Technology, and Public Service | Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

From www.benton.org

Does the potential of the 21st Century data-collecting, responsive, hyperconnected city benefit us all equally? Is it built with resident understanding, feedback, and consent?

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Thoughts on Community, Engagement & Change

From jamiebillingham.com

Building relationships and using respectful communication are the most effective routes to change attitudes, beliefs and ultimately behaviors. Explore several bodies of research that inform this theory.

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How to embed a racial equity lens in local government

From www.livingcities.org

The cities of Albuquerque, Austin, Grand Rapids, Louisville and Philadelphia are taking important steps in transforming their city government and programs to embrace racial equity.

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The High Cost of Bad Sidewalks

From www.bloomberg.com

The critical role that good pedestrian infrastructure plays in city life has been exposed by the coronavirus lockdowns. Why can’t cities fix their sidewalk gap?

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Helena adopts new public involvement plan for open lands

From helenair.com

The Helena City Commission adopted a public involvement chapter of the city’s open lands management plan to outline  public outreach strategies for recreation projects.

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Data-Driven Efforts to Address Racial Inequality - Data Stewards Network

From medium.com

A listing of organizations whose work falls into four categories: 1) Data-Driven Research, 2) Data Driven Activism and Advocacy. 3) Data-Driven Journalism, and 4) Data to Measure Racial Injustice.

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How Data Can Map and Make Racial Inequality More Visible (If Done Responsibly)

From medium.com

The GovLab developed this living reflection document with diverse input from our network to help identify the opportunities, risks, challenges, and lessons about the use of data to make racial inequalities more visible and the ways it may be systematically and collaboratively countered.

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How Urban Design Perpetuates Racial Inequality–And What We Can Do About It

From www.fastcompany.com

Our cities weren’t created equal, but they don’t have to stay that way. Cities are complex organisms shaped by myriad forces, but their organization bears the fingerprints of planners and policy makers who have shaped them for decades. At the root of many of these practices is racism, and modern cities bear the legacy of that discrimination.

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Driving autonomous vehicles forward with intelligent infrastructure

From www.smartcitiesworld.net

Cities that want to benefit from autonomous vehicles tomorrow need to think about infrastructure today.

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Make civic skills for kids the new coding

From spacing.ca

Sometime in the last decade, coding became the must-learn, must-teach skill in the education and training world. Now, among all the predictions about the future of cities in a post pandemic world, I’d like to make a plea: let’s make civic skills the new coding. 

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How ‘Green IT’ Can Make Smart Cities Sustainable

From www.forbes.com

Cities worldwide are embedding smart technology to collect data and analyze it, and to manage resources efficiently. Green IT can help governments to find smart solutions to make smart cities environmentally sustainable.

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What’s New in Civic Tech: A New Community Broadband Report

From www.govtech.com

A new report on community broadband efforts notes that in order to bridge digital divides, hundreds of communities have started to build their own networks instead of relying on private-sector internet service providers.

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