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Chalkbeat

Johann Calhoun

26 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Families with students in prekindergarten in Philadelphia now are eligible for PHLConnectED, a program that provides students with free internet access during remote learning. The program has already reached out to ov...

Sacramento Bee

Vincent Moleski

7 April 2021

Elk Grove, California, United States

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Residents experiencing homelessness in Elk Grove, California, are being paid to clean up their encampments. The job was done by public services employees prior to the pandemic and cost the city upwards of $10,000. Now...

Atlas Obscura

Luke Fater

31 March 2021

Bermuda

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There is no natural freshwater source on Bermuda, so residents turn to rainfall as a way to fulfill their water needs. The white limestone Bermuda roofs are used to catch and redirect rain into underground tanks that ...

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Jared Brey

30 March 2021

New York, New York, United States

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A New York City government mandate will ensure broadband access for residents of affordable-housing projects. Any new units constructed after March 2021 must provide both wireless internet service and a wired connecti...

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Jared Brey

23 March 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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City-supported housing projects must adhere to a stricter “Zero Net Carbon” standard in Boston in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. All new buildings that meet the green requirements also qualify for rebates and incen...

The Verge

Justine Calma

8 March 2021

District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States

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The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, with the help of scientists, academics, and other volunteers, preserved EPA data and information that the Trump administration sought to erase. They held “guerrilla ar...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

17 February 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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An Equitable Development Initiative was launched as a result of a racial equity analysis that gauged the effect that Seattle’s economic growth would have on communities of color. Funding for the initiative has gone to...

Civil Eats

Elizabeth Hewitt

4 February 2021

Vermont, United States

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Vermont approved coronavirus relief funding for immigrants who did not qualify for federal aid in the first round of the CARES Act. Migrant farm workers play a vital role in Vermont’s dairy industry and were hailed as...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

18 January 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A housing complex in Los Angeles was approved and constructed with unprecedented speed and at a much lower cost than traditional homeless housing projects. Using up-cycled shipping containers, the project will include...

Quartz

Annabelle Timsit

11 January 2021

Israel

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Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have each "vaccinated a higher proportion of their populations than the rest of the world" due to strategies that included early approval of the vaccine, centralized and d...

WBBM-TV

Tim McNicholas

8 January 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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San Diego’s 311 program features a before-and-after-photo function which shows allows residents to hold their local 311 government service accountable. The date-stamped photographic proof allows users to see that thei...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Keshia Naurana Badalge

22 October 2020

Singapore

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Singapore's Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) has prevented ethnic enclaves in the city-state through the use of quotas. The four recognized ethnicities cannot surpass the set quotas in public residential buildings, whi...

Sacramento Bee

Kim Bojórquez

5 October 2020

California, United States

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In California, two laws have helped to open opportunities for less experienced candidates to win state and local offices, which has increased representation among people of color. A 1990 law set term limits for the st...

ProPublica

Robert Faturechi

29 September 2020

United States

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One of the most powerful tools used to reform policing practices, widely credited with restoring public faith in such troubled departments as the Los Angeles Police Department, is called a consent decree. The U.S. Jus...

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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...

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 ...

Christian Science Monitor

Christa Case Bryant

4 September 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Learning from the failures of the 2020 Pennsylvania primary, where a sharp increase in mail-in voting led to a 2-week delay in certifying election results and many ballots being invalidated, officials introduced a bil...

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Emily Nonko

1 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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An income-based payment structure has alleviated water debt in Philadelphia. Decreasing federal aid to municipal water utilities in conjunction with rising costs associated with climate change has increased the cost o...

Governing

Alan Greenblatt

27 August 2020

United States

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The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) protects states from having to fund federal laws. Prior to its passage, Congress passed bills without worrying about how to fund them, leaving states, cities, and counties to pa...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

22 August 2020

Quebec, Canada

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Canopy works to preserve the untouched Broadback Forest, which stores twice as much carbon as the Amazon and is central to the Cree Nation. The nonprofit works with 750 corporations, including fashion brands, commerci...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

20 August 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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Almost half of U.S. states guarantee citizens’ rights to petition for ballot measures, but the coronavirus made gathering signatures in person infeasible. Massachusetts courts allowed electronic signatures, but other ...

CityLab

Emily Hamilton

29 July 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Abolishing single-family zoning rules as an affordable-housing solution has failed in places such as Minneapolis and Oregon because their narrowly drawn reforms left other obstacles in place. Houston serves as an exam...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

10 July 2020

Michigan, United States

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Voters Not Politicians is a grassroots initiative that, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, ran a successful campaign to defeat gerrymandering in Michigan. The state has a citizen-led ballot initiative option, so...

NPR

Cardiff Garcia

17 June 2020

United States

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Varying tactics have been adopted in response to the worldwide pandemic, prompting financial implications; some more successful than others. Germany and Japan, in particular, have been able to maintain low unemploymen...

The Local

Daniel Wighton

12 June 2020

Switzerland

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Switzerland avoids a total shutdown of borders in order to keep its healthcare system functioning during the covid-19 health crisis. Healthcare workers are vital to border cities such as Geneva, which relies on cross-...

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