Civic Life

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Can Florida's First Needle Exchange Help Curb HIV?

The state leads the nation in new diagnoses, and close to six percent are attributed to injection-drug users sharing used or infected needles.

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Amsterdam Is Flooding, On Purpose

Widened canals—and underground bike parking—will bring the city’s Central Station a little closer to nature and history.

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In Disaster Recovery, Social Networks Matter More Than Bottled Water and Batteries

When it comes to bouncing back, never underestimate the power of communities.

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Venice Fights Back

The world's most beautiful city has never been more threatened. But a passionate movement of locals is determined to keep it alive.

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The High Line's Next Balancing Act

The famed “linear park” may be a runaway success, but it’s also a symbol of Manhattan’s rising inequality. Can its founder help other cities learn from its mistakes?

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A Portland Start-Up Is Smashing Barriers to Affordable Housing

Tyrone Poole, the founder of, was homeless once. Now he’s demystifying the rental search, one application at a time.

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The Best Ideas of 2016

Not everything is terrible!

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How Sacramento Rolled Out a Mobile Restroom for the Homeless ​​​​​​​

The Pit Stop project hired restroom attendants who can empathize with the population they’re trying to reach.

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The Women Replacing Spain's Franco-Era Street Names

Cities are finally getting rid of streets that honor fascist figures, and they’re addressing a gender imbalance at the same time.

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The Future of 311 Could Be Weird

Non-emergency city service hotlines are celebrating their 20th anniversary, and eyeing immersive new possibilities.

Samuel Treindl

Restoring a Historic Athens Neighborhood, One House at a Time

A community-led approach to historic restoration focuses on crumbling 19th century buildings.

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Closing the Child Care Access Gap

It’s not just a matter of affordability. It’ll take an “infrastructure investment,” a new report claims.  

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Challenging Latin American Cities to Change

This could be the biggest task yet for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge.

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Free Mental Health Care, on Demand

A city-run hotline connects New Yorkers with local counselors.

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Building Community Through Bike Repair

Kids walk out of an Earn-A-Bike program in Indianapolis with life skills and a new set of wheels.

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Wanted: A Better Way to Predict Public School Enrollment in NYC

The city is challenging urban wonks and concerned citizens to come up with a more granular approach to figuring out which school district might see a surge in population.


The Big Lesson Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge Winners Can Teach Other Cities

Talking and listening is as important as a bright idea.

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The Heartbreaking PSAs Targeting Ethiopia's Drunk Drivers

Leaders in the capital city of Addis Ababa have rolled out a campaign aiming to reduce crashes caused by alcohol.