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Next American City 2015-05-04 12:11:00
(Photo by Flickr User George Tziralis) Despite the calamitous impact that insolvency can have on a city, there really aren?t clear-cut measures that make it easy to compare the fiscal health of municipalities. Related Stories Not All Cities Are Equal for Entrepreneurs of ColorWalletHub Ranks Best-Run and Worst-Run U.S. CitiesNow’s a Good Time to Look for a Municipal JobThis Organization Is Keeping City …


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Next American City 2015-05-01 20:30:00
A new study found that St. Louis failed to award a fair number of construction contracts to black businesses. (Photo by Daniel Schwen) There are signs that U.S. cities are increasingly paying heed to a lack of diversity in municipal workforces. In Boston, a recent city report pointed out that the city?s largely white workforce doesn’t reflect its more diverse population, …


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Next American City 2015-05-01 17:21:00
(Credit: New Orleans Airlift) It?s a rainy afternoon in April, and New Orleans-based electronic musician Quintron is getting soaked in the middle of an abandoned golf course. All around him are houses: a little more ramshackle than your average dwelling, with a lot more whimsy. As he points to each one, it begins to play. Related Stories Why New Orleanians Win at …


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Next American City 2015-05-01 14:46:00
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Next time you’re standing in front of a grimy, germy subway ticket machine, think about how a group of Pratt students reimagined the traditional NYC Metrocard. Calling their project MetroWay, they designed a more sustainable ticket aimed at cutting MTA vending lines and saving riders from the torture of losing a card (and its funds). Related Stories When Will More …


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Next American City 2015-05-01 12:26:00
On April 30th, Philadelphians rallied to show solidarity with Baltimore residents who have been protesting the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in their city. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Philadelphia has 18 months to begin instituting 91 Department of Justice recommendations to reform a troubled police department, and there are eight months left in Mayor Michael Nutter?s second term. After a …


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Next American City 2015-05-01 11:00:00
(Photo by Infrogmation) Like San Francisco?s trollies and Seattle?s monorail, Tampa?s heritage streetcar was built for tourists, not residents. Related Stories Atlanta’s Streetcar Could Have Big Reach, Big Price TagNew Balance Buys Boston a Commuter Rail StopNew Starts: TIGER Grants for Providence and Omaha, Light Metro in IndiaAnaheim’s New Transit Hub Isn’t a Failure Yet ?It?s the only streetcar in the country that doesn’t …


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Next American City 2015-04-30 19:16:00
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) From New York to Seattle, Uber recently celebrated Earth Day with city-specific promotions such as discounts and competitions in which winners will receive free transit passes and free Uber rides. Meanwhile, from a less fuzzy, more battlefront angle, Uber?s suing the city of Houston. The on-demand-ride app company hopes to prevent the release of records revealing how …


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Next American City 2015-04-30 16:21:00
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Federal funding for the Metro in Washington, D.C., could get cut in half thanks to a new bill spearheaded by some Congressional Republicans via the House Appropriations Committee. Even though $150 million has been designated for Metro maintenance and development in the District since 2008, this latest move would allocate only $75 million, according to the Washington …


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Next American City 2015-04-30 12:19:00
Divvy bike-share station in Chicago (Photo by Steven Vance) Chicago is the bike-share capital of America. Divvy, the city?s bike-sharing system, is adding 1,750 bikes to its fleet this spring, and expanding from 300 to 476 stations. By June, Montreal and New York City will still have more bikes on the ground, but Chicago can boast of being the home of …


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Next American City 2015-04-30 11:00:00
The project team gets feedback on the design from Safety Net Project volunteers. (Credit: Center for Urban Pedagogy) ?We know that one of the number one contributors to homelessness is evictions,? says Denise Miranda, managing director of the Urban Justice Center?s Safety Net Project (SNP). ?And we know that public assistance often contributes to the rent keeping people in their homes. …


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Next American City 2015-04-29 20:27:00
Rendering of Method plant in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood (Credit: William McDonough + Partners) Eco-friendly soap company Method opened new factory doors in Chicago?s Pullman neighborhood yesterday. The area was once a thriving industrial hub thanks to its namesake sleeper cars (production stopped in the 1960s), and the opening of the Method plant is in keeping with a big local push to …


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Next American City 2015-04-29 19:57:00
Chattanooga, Tennessee (Photo by Imilious) Chattanooga?s super-fast, economy-boosting Internet is about to become more accessible for residents. Related Stories Chattanooga’s Slow Growth Approach to Being the City of Breakneck Internet“Internet of Moving Things” Startup Eyes U.S. CitiesBreaking Down the Door to Silicon ValleyWhere You Live Could Affect How Easy It Is to Sell Your iPhone on Craigslist This week, Mayor Andy Berke announced …


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Next American City 2015-04-29 18:00:00
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 Improvising for a Better St. LouisHow a Fitness Pro Is Spreading the Word …


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Next American City 2015-04-29 15:12:00
Members of the National Guard walk along North Avenue in Baltimore, near where riots occurred following the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. (AP Photo/David Goldman) The Maryland National Guard is now patrolling the streets of Baltimore. They arrived Tuesday; the Baltimore Sun counted 1,700 soldiers, plus 400 state troopers and other officers ? marshaled after protests over …


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Next American City 2015-04-29 14:13:00
On Tuesday, the day after protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody ended in rioting, fires and arrests, several thousand people returned to the intersection of Pennsylvania and West North Avenues in West Baltimore. Next to a now-infamous CVS store burned out by a Monday night fire and a line of police with shields and batons, a …


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Next American City 2015-04-29 13:36:00
Related Companies, known for its Time Warner Center project, above, just made a deal to acquire 1,500 affordable housing units in Chicago. (Photo by Florian Pépellin) Luxury condo developer Related Companies ? a familiar name thanks to projects like Manhattan’s Hudson Yards and a Citi Bike bike-share investment ? is adding more affordable housing to its portfolio. The Wall Street Journal …


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Next American City 2015-04-29 12:29:00
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) In Boston, ?urban renewal? still brings to mind the infamous bulldozing of the West End in the 1950s, which displaced thousands of low-income families. The move was a perfect example of mid-20th-century urban renewal gone wrong ? calling ?blight? where there was none, and destroying a community through callous, prescriptive, top-down planning. Related Stories “Urban Metabolism” Could Beat …


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Next American City 2015-04-29 11:00:00
The mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, has a bold idea for funding infrastructure repairs. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis) From politics to layout, Jackson, Mississippi, and San Diego, California, don?t have much in common. But last Tuesday, the city councils in each heard strategies for fixing the system that fixes infrastructure. And while Mayor Tony Yarber of Jackson won the award for boldest proposal …


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Next American City 2015-04-28 18:00:00
The old Packard plant in Detroit is one setting in horror movie It Follows. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) As many American cities began to be hollowed out by de-industrialization and state-sponsored segregation schemes, filmmakers defined America?s cities as lawless wastelands. Classic 1970s and 1980s movies like Dirty Harry, Taxi Driver and RoboCop show their loner heroes striding through trash-strewn hellscapes, blowing away …


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Next American City 2015-04-28 17:04:00
A free sunscreen dispenser in Miami Beach (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) Boston City Councilor Matt O?Malley wants the city to play a role in mitigating one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. Taking a cue from Miami Beach, O?Malley is proposing that Boston should install free sunscreen dispensers in all 220 of its parks and playgrounds. Related Stories Japanese …


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