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Next American City 2014-10-24 14:39:00
(All photos by Vic Vaiana) As programming urban public spaces with events and music continues to grow as a priority for the people managing parks and plazas, U.S. cities continue to struggle with policing sound. Related Stories 7 Alternate Versions of the New York City Subway MapA Beautiful Gondola Is Not the Answer to New York’s Transit ProblemsAdvanced Signaling Makes the Most …


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Next American City 2014-10-24 13:05:00
A young girl plays at the new Dilworth Park at City Hall in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Darell Hammond builds playgrounds. From spiral slides to mini rock walls and giant games of tic-tac-toe, his non-profit KaBOOM! is known for its thousands of community-centric parks. But as childhood screen time and obesity rates rise, he?s been forced to ask an odd question …


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Next American City 2014-10-24 12:20:00
(Credit: Open Gov Foundation) On the morning of June 12th, the D.C. Council held a hearing on an urban farming bill that would, among other things, approve property tax abatement for anyone leasing small plots of Washington, D.C., land for the purpose of cultivating produce. For many D.C. residents, attending a mid-morning hearing would be tough, if not impossible. But as …


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Next American City 2014-10-23 17:09:00
George Carter, 15, was killed on his way to school on Tuesday morning. (Photo credit: Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools) It?s one of those breezy New Orleans days in October where the weather is perfect and the windows are down, the sun shining. Related Stories For Young Black Men in American Cities, You?re Either Invisible or Viewed as a ThreatRays of …


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Next American City 2014-10-23 16:32:00
(Illustration by Anthony Smyrski) Mapping company ESRI recently released an update to its Tapestry Segmentation system, which identifies 67 different archetypes ? “Metro Renters,” “Trendsetters” ? of Americans as consumer markets. With this new edition, it combines census and marketing data to create a searchable map of the U.S. that allows users to parse by zip code. Related Stories What Hand-Drawn Maps and …


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Next American City 2014-10-23 12:54:00
Fare & Square is the nation?s first non-profit full-scale supermarket. (Photo by Cassie Owens) About one year ago, food justice advocates tuned in to a promising remedy for food deserts in the city of Chester, Pa., about 15 miles south of Philadelphia. Could Fare & Square ? the nation?s first non-profit full-scale supermarket ? be a sustainable model in a 34,000-resident …


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Next American City 2014-10-23 11:00:00
Repair efforts at Candlestick Park after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake (AP Photo/John Mabanglo) Tomorrow night, Major League Baseball’s World Series returns to San Francisco for the Giants? third Fall Classic appearance in five years. They’ll host the Kansas City Royals for Game 3 ? an auspicious number given what happened 25 years ago. Related Stories S.F. Politicians Shouldn?t Leave Housing Affordability Up …


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Next American City 2014-10-22 18:00:00
Rebecca Wilson in her Chester, Pa., home (Photo by Paul Gargagliano) Rebecca Wilson keeps the police scanner in her bedroom. She is not a cop nor an emergency medic or a reporter on the crime beat; the scanner is there for personal reasons. She lives in Chester, Pa., a city of almost 34,000 where at least 24 people were killed by …


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Next American City 2014-10-22 16:00:00
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh launched the city’s Office of Financial Empowerment on October 15th. (Credit: The City of Boston) In lower-income neighborhoods, where residents might be more familiar with check-cashing fees than inheritance taxes, a financial empowerment center can serve as an oasis amid businesses that exploit Americans who live paycheck to paycheck. Related Stories Boston Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh Has Big Plans …


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Next American City 2014-10-22 15:00:00
Mel Chin’s New Orleans “Safehouse” project (Photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans) The work of artist Mel Chin enjoys a cultural arbitrage. Projects including “Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project” and “Revival Field” have great currency as contemporary art, as exemplified by Chin?s retrospective exhibition “Rematch,” currently showing at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (through Dec. 20th). These same works are …


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Next American City 2014-10-22 14:00:00
Adrian Lipscombe Next City isn?t just a news website, we are a non-profit 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 Boosting St. Louis, in StyleFrom Paperboy to PlannerCan a Career be Prototyped?An …


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Next American City 2014-10-22 13:00:00
A bus rapid transit station in Curitiba. (Photo by marcusrg via Flickr) There’s a park in New York City that Jaime Lerner loves. “Paley Park,” he says, on East 53rd Street. “It’s very small, and that’s what makes it great.” Related Stories Cracks in the Curitiba MythLatin America’s New SuperstarWhat Millennials Want From Public TransportationA New Opportunity for City Parks As Private Donors …


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Next American City 2014-10-22 13:00:00
(Photo by Allen Skyy via Flickr) The High Line. Las Ramblas. Tahrir Square. Cincinnati’s Washington Park. Related Stories The Battle Over Sidewalk CafésWill Abortion Politics Rewrite Free Speech in Public Space?Jungle Gym UrbanismPhilly Gets a Stunning Remake for City Hall’s Front Yard Urban landscapes may be covered by mostly private property, but when we think about cities, we usually picture the swathes of grass …


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Next American City 2014-10-22 12:30:00
Google’s self-driving cars on display in Mountain View, California. (Photo by AP / Eric Risberg) A hard rain in Manila is a case study in the inadequacies of infrastructure. After a recent, rather standard tropical downpour, the city filled with water. Major boulevards and intersections flooded, snarling the city in punishing gridlock. Social media filled with frustrated reports: it was taking …


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Next American City 2014-10-22 11:00:00
(Photo by dbking) Long hindered by what some call “hypersegregation,” Atlanta?s MARTA train has never expanded beyond the metro core. But in November, one suburban county may vote to join the transit authority, making the region?s transportation system just a little more integrated ? and equitable. Related Stories Atlanta One of Few Cities to Lose Public Transit Riders Last YearAtlanta Voters to …


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Next American City 2014-10-21 16:00:00
Philadelphia’s Franklin Square got a makeover in 2006. (AP Photo/George Widman) As America’s millennials become parents, U.S. cities are hoping to keep that generation from returning to the suburban life many had growing up, and Philadelphia is one place struggling to prove that it’s a welcoming environment for children and families. On top of its school and library headaches, the evolving …


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Next American City 2014-10-21 15:00:00
Rio?s Complexo do Alemão, which has a Knowledge Plaza and a gondola, but not basic sanitation. The internet was down two weeks ago in the three-year-old, high-tech Knowledge Plaza in Rio?s Complexo do Alemão favela, an informal settlement home to 120,000. In front of the two-story concrete education building, a six-foot banner announced ?TED Global for Everyone: Watch Here.? Related Stories Ghettos …


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Next American City 2014-10-21 12:30:00
(AP Photo/Sang Tan, File) Twitter is nothing if not versatile; it?s been used for everything from procrastination to revolution. Could the data it produces also be used to understand, and even help plan, cities? Related Stories I Wish This Was… Making Real What Happens on the InternetBeyond Tokenism in Civic Participation“Already on Roof!”: How Rescuers Sift Through Twitter to Find Disaster VictimsFeds …


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Next American City 2014-10-21 11:00:00
Service on BART’s Berryessa extension is set to start in 2018. (Photo by Pedro Xing) Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy transportation projects worldwide. Related Stories Contract Signed for Bay Area Bike-ShareLooking for Recovery on Cali’s Carquinez StraitDisruption Can Help During Times of Need, If Everyone CooperatesNew Tool Maps Bay Area’s Expensive, Unused Parking BART Slowly Makes Its Way Around San Francisco Bay The …


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Next American City 2014-10-20 18:34:00
(Credit: The Pratt Center for Community Development) Though individual municipalities can face unique challenges depending on everything from regional economic booms to climate change, more often than not, cities can learn important lessons from one another. (After all, one of the reasons I write this column is to bring you stories about smart urban innovations that your city can copy.) A …


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