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Next American City 2015-09-03 11:00:00
(Photo by Jeffrey Beall) There were 29 million Americans with at least one outstanding student loan in 2008. Today, there are more than 40 million ? all voting age. That’s likely part of the reason that all three Democratic frontrunners are talking about tuition-free and debt-free higher learning these days. Related Stories Walmart Seeking More Subsidies for New Illinois StoreNYC’s Economic Development …


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Next American City 2015-09-02 20:42:00
(Photo by Jeff Kubina) As American cities continue to flirt with legalizing casinos, one Chicago nonprofit is raising its hand for potential gaming revenues in the Windy City. Related Stories Despite Doctors’ Efforts, Philadelphia’s Infant Mortality Rate Remains Among the Worst in the U.S.S.F. Officials Consider Obamacare Costs for Most VulnerableThe Destruction of a Museum Is Tough to CureResearchers Want to Forecast …


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Next American City 2015-09-02 19:18:00
Christopher Bradshaw Next City isn?t just a news website ? we are a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities. Part of how we do that is by connecting our readers to the interesting people who are part of our Next City Network. Related Stories How a Fitness Pro Is Spreading the Word About Philly’s New …


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Next American City 2015-09-02 15:00:00
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) Per the Supreme Court?s June ruling, cities receiving HUD funds must now check long-entrenched practices of structural discrimination, like clustering affordable housing in just one or two zip codes. In the wealthy suburbs north of Chicago, a group of activists sees the federal overhaul as a chance to address one of exclusionary zoning’s equally problematic but …


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Next American City 2015-09-02 13:02:00
(Photo by Alexander Torrenegra) It’s a Saturday night, you and your friends are ready to go out, and you need a ride. Which service is the best option in your city? More importantly, among Uber, Lyft, Sidecar or a traditional taxicab, which is the cheapest? Using a recent GOBankingRates analysis of ride pricing in the U.S., CNBC reports that “Uber is …


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Next American City 2015-09-02 12:30:00
(Photo by Baminnick) ?People always say, ‘well Monte you have vision,?? says Monte Anderson, a 57-year-old small-scale developer in the Greater Dallas region. ?There is no vision. I have one thing: I have desperation. Out of desperation, just to have a coffee shop in my neighborhood, or a good place to get a hamburger, or a place to go to work, …


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Next American City 2015-09-02 11:00:00
A shop selling mobile phone products in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi) ?Somebody beat me,? Liz says, explaining her blackened left eye. She declines to say much more, but it?s easy to guess that the incident didn?t involve a rapid response by paramedics. Liz is a vendor whose tiny stall is perched on a hill in Kibera, …


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Next American City 2015-09-01 18:44:00
Red light camera in Chicago (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker, File) Critics of Chicago’s red light cameras got some good news this week. According to the Chicago Tribune, which has done a series of investigations into the traffic ticketing effort, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is suing the city’s former red light camera operator, Redflex Traffic Systems, for more than $300 million. Related Stories Op-Ed: …


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Next American City 2015-09-01 17:00:00
Large storm drain system flowing into Aliso Creek in Orange County, California (Photo by Shannon1) Many Californians are doing their part to conserve water amid the state’s four-year drought. Some have even taken to publicly shaming their neighbors about wasting H2O. Unfortunately, their efforts could contribute to another mess: sewer spills. Related Stories Innovators Are Chasing a Cheaper Future for DesalinationCalifornia Restricts …


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Next American City 2015-09-01 16:00:00
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a 311 call center in 2007 (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) The world is teeming with advice on dealing with bad neighbors, but the first recommendation is always the same: Before you call the police or the landlord, talk to your neighbor. Nevertheless, since shortly after 311-style municipal complaint lines were born, scientists have been tapping …


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Next American City 2015-09-01 15:23:00
(Credit: Elevate Structure) The newest proposed hotspot for micro-housing: parking lots. Related Stories From Sea to Vacant Lot: A Shipping Container Condo Rises in Newark3D-Printed Architecture in Amsterdam Could Usher in a Future of Affordable CitiesAtlanta Project Envisions Parking Garages as the Future of Tiny HousingThis Architecture Movement Wants to Trick You Into Taking the Stairs Elevate Structure, a Hawaiian tiny house company, …


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Next American City 2015-09-01 15:00:00
The Wikipedia page for Greensboro, North Carolina, has a history that goes something like this: Quaker beginnings, followed by Civil War strife, then a little incident involving four college students at a Woolworth?s lunch counter in 1960 ? that last one is arguably the most iconic moment of the civil rights era. And then ? well, it basically ends, as …


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Next American City 2015-09-01 12:28:00
Arlington’s Columbia Heights Civic Association is intrigued by personal rapid transit (PRT) technology. (Credit: JPods) Our weekly ?New Starts? roundup of new and newsworthy transportation projects worldwide. Related Stories To Cancel or Not to Cancel? Cincinnati Streetcar Project Mired In Expensive SymbolismMayor Ralph Becker on Completing the Streets of Salt LakeChicago Becomes First City to Apply for FTA’s Capacity-Boosting Transit GrantsA Partial Track …


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Next American City 2015-09-01 11:00:00
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Is there a right way to green a city? Yes, University of Exeter researchers say, planning high-density neighborhoods with grand parks, as opposed to low-density neighborhoods with ample lawns and smaller public spaces, is significantly better for a city’s ecosystem and residents. Related Stories Designers Hope to Measure How a New Bronx Park Changes LivesSeattle Bans Smoking in Public ParksKnight …


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Next American City 2015-08-31 16:38:00
(AP Photo/Brian Bohannon) The number of solar-powered homes and businesses in Louisville has grown rapidly in the last three years, at a 70 percent rate from 111 in 2012 to 189 this year. The Courier-Journal reports that though the number is still relatively small, it shows great progress since 2008, when only two solar-powered homes or businesses were reported by Louisville …


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Next American City 2015-08-31 16:00:00
Michael Shuman says Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market is an example of a “pollinator business,” a smart economic development model. (Photo by Eugene Kim) Philadelphians don?t exactly need another reason to love the Reading Terminal Market, the city?s one-hundred-plus-year-old iconic public market, but here it is anyway: The whole place is 100 percent self-financed. Related Stories Is the Next Etsy Hiding in Brooklyn?Six Millennial …


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Next American City 2015-08-31 15:21:00
(Credit: Fairmount Park Conservancy) Often, placing a sculpture in a public square, or hanging a painting in a community center right before the ribbon-cutting ceremony are part of the “finishing touches” of urban planning. But arts-and-culture-focused nonprofit ArtPlace believes that familiar timeline needs to be tweaked. Related Stories What Your Instagram Feed Has in Common With a Ballot Box400-Plus Philadelphians Have Ideas for …


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Next American City 2015-08-31 14:06:00
Researchers looking at how public space landscaping affects allergy sufferers studied Garcia Lorca Park in Granada, Spain. (Photo by Ikimashoo) Park lovers prone to allergies could have a way to enjoy outdoor public spaces without heavy medicine doses. Researchers from the University of Granada in Spain assessed trees in Granada?s 10 largest green spaces and found that some were setting off …


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Next American City 2015-08-31 12:56:00
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Local bike and pedestrian planners have long had a complicated relationship with the federal Department of Transportation. It is often incredibly difficult to pay for ambitious infrastructure projects without the U.S. DOT’s help, but because the feds haven?t yet codified much of those ambitious, next-generation street designs, ambitious municipal projects are ineligible for funding. Related Stories Tackling the …


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Next American City 2015-08-31 12:00:00
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The U.S. is pretty stubborn when it comes to its predilection for segregation. As a nation, we have clung to the myth of the melting pot when in fact the fabric of our communities looks more like a jigsaw puzzle. Most white Americans live in majority-white areas while most Americans of color live in areas that are …


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