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Tony Briscoe

Haru Coryne

Mick Dumke

11 November 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A series of government programs designed to rebuild a neighborhood badly damaged by the 1968 Chicago uprising not only failed to achieve their goal, but actually made it worse. Hundreds of businesses in the Madison St...

Time Magazine

Max Blau

9 November 2020

Clinch County, Georgia, United States

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Rural hospitals across the country often struggle to stay open in states where Medicaid has not been expanded, but a method known as "swing beds" has helped two critical-access hospitals in Georgia to avoid this fate....

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Marianne Dhenin

6 November 2020

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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A 20-year project by the nonprofit Lomakatsi Restoration Project to restore native plants helped to spare Ashland, Ore., from the worst destruction of a wildfire. Along the Bear Creek greenway in Ashland, the restorat...

The Philadelphia Citizen

James Peterson

2 November 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Several cities across the U.S. have organized Racial Equity Rapid Response (RERR) teams to address and combat "the racial disparities exposed and exacerbated by Covid-19." Although each city's version of this team loo...

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Erica Gies

Dhritiman Mukherjee

30 October 2020

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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The city of Chennai in India is engaging in wetlands restoration and stormwater management by using traditional knowledge and community action to reduce flooding and ensure that people have access to drinking water. T...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Charlotte West

Ilyne Castellanos

23 October 2020

California, United States

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California Students Vote Project, a public-private partnership, encourages college students to vote. Covid-19-adjusted strategies include sending out multiple emails, using social media, and encouraging peer-to-peer c...

Christian Science Monitor

Christa Case Bryant

21 October 2020

United States

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Cyber security simulations are taking place across the country to help everyone, from government officials to journalists, to identify election-related cyber threats and coordinated disinformation campaigns and make p...

The Boston Globe

Johanna Seltz

7 October 2020

Hanover, Massachusetts, United States

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In Hanover, two collaborative efforts – one between the hospital system and the town and another between the public school district and paramedics – have helped residents access coronavirus testing without leaving the...

The Hechinger Report

Javeria Salman

7 October 2020

Rhode Island, United States

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The School Support Hotline in Rhode Island is helping teachers and parents experience smoother virtual classroom experiences by answering questions and providing support for tech issues, along with translation service...

Oklahoma Watch

Whitney Bryen

Quinton Chandler

4 October 2020

Oklahoma, United States

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Oklahoma mental health and police agencies supply free tablets to police departments, enabling officers summoned to a mental health crisis to connect on the spot with a licensed mental health professional. The telehea...

Rappahannock News

Sara Schonhardt

30 September 2020

Rappahannock, Virginia, United States

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Affordable housing is an issue that Rappahannock, VA has grappled with in recent years as the cost of renting and buying has gone up. Successful strategies employed in other communities have involved private-public pa...

New Mexico In Depth

Elizabeth M. Miller

28 September 2020

Villanueva, New Mexico, United States

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations and government agencies are connecting farmers with people in need by making fruits and vegetables more affordable or even free. For example, Bueno Para Todos, a small farm ...

70 Million

Sonia Paul

28 September 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, Project Greenlight uses video surveillance technology to try to solve and deter street crime. Instead of the police requesting private security video after a crime occurs, businesses pay to install the Gre...

BBC

Claire Bates

22 September 2020

Israel

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Three projects show how effective national strategies can be to reduce accidental drownings, which kill an estimated 320,000 people worldwide each year. In Israel, artificial intelligence software processes video feed...

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Jared Brey

22 September 2020

Austin, Texas, United States

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Affordable housing requirements for developers were eased in Austin through legislation known as Affordability Unlocked. As a result of less stringent parking, set-back and height codes, developers are able to maximiz...

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Emily Nonko

16 September 2020

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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Since the Jersey City composting program, over 50,000 pounds of disposable waste has been used to fertilize home gardens, parks, and community gardens, instead of going into landfills. While scaling the program is a c...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Avendaño

11 September 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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The city of Honolulu has partnered with hotels to offer quarantine housing for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 but have nowhere to safely self-isolate. The new units compliment other existing facilities – ...

Capital Daily

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

11 September 2020

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Legalized marijuana sales in Canada were supposed to make the industry safe, stable, and prosperous. But the rollout of licenses for pre-existing private dispensaries has turned into a debacle for small businesses in ...

The GroundTruth Project

Sam Ogozalek

10 September 2020

Bluffton, South Carolina, United States

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A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping connect farmers with those who are facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, known as Farmers to Families, allocates monet...

The Trace

Casey Parks

10 September 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Two years after reorganizing a police gun-enforcement unit to focus it on an evidence-based approach to preventing retaliatory shootings, Portland city leaders abolished the unit in a round of police budget cuts and f...

BoiseDev

Margaret Carmel

8 September 2020

Boise, Idaho, United States

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An emergency shelter, a housing nonprofit, the City of Boise, and the Boise Police Department came together to coordinate efforts and give assistance to the growing number of residents experiencing homelessness and li...

PBS NewsHour

William Brangham

Jason Kane

2 September 2020

Oberhofen am Thunersee, Switzerland

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5-15 Minutes

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Switzerland is home to the world's lowest avoidable mortality rate and residents of the country live longer lives and are healthier than those who live in the United States. Health policy experts credit the Swiss heal...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

27 August 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Housing First, an approach that has helped many cities address homelessness, has failed to make much impact in Boulder thanks to a shortage of permanent housing and complaints that the program suffers from a lack of c...

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Kristi Eaton

25 August 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit is offering business services to entrepreneurs who want to bring their business online in the aftermath of the pandemic. Digital Detroit is the name of the program offering content creation and web...

NPR

Lauren Sommer

24 August 2020

Mariposa, California, United States

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To combat wildfires in California, Native American tribal leaders and government officials are coming together to facilitate “cultural burnings” or controlled burns. Regularly burning the landscape prevents thick, dri...

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