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Urban Sanity: Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities

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This report examines how urban living affects residents’ mental health and happiness, and ways to use this information to create saner and happier cities. This report examines specific mechanisms by which urban living can affect mental health and happiness, and identities practical strategies that communities and individuals can use to increase urban mental health and happiness. This analysis suggests that it is possible to create sane and happy cities. Read more... Read more

Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

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Climate Adaption: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities, is the first study to examine in depth actions that multiple municipalities are taking to address climate-change fueled events like flooding, heat waves, wildfires and intense storms. It found that more municipalities are preparing for climate risks than is conventionally believed, that many of those actions support multiple community goals and values, and that despite the progress much more work is necessary to comprehensively address climate risks. Learn more... Read more

New Obama Order Focuses on Improving How Feds Work With Cities

Detroit (Credit: james / Flickr)
In a bid to improve coordination between the federal government and cities, counties, and tribes, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to create a Council on Community Solutions. The Council, which will include representatives from across the federal government, will aim to streamline how local governments interact with federal resources. The order builds on a growing trend whose advocates point to innovative solutions coming from the bottom up, not the top down; per that thinking, the federal government needs... Read more

Four Cities Chosen for $40 Million Investment in Public Spaces

Memphis, Tennessee (Credit: Route Fifty)
Can investment in parks, libraries and recreation centers help reverse the worrisome trend of economic and social segregation in cities? Four national foundations are betting big on that theory. Starting today The JPB Foundation, Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation are coming together to invest a total of $20 million in public spaces in four cities: Akron, Chicago, Detroit and Memphis. That money will be combined with $20 million in matched funding from local sources, resulting in... Read more

7 Ways to Make Communities More Livable for People With Vision or Hearing Impairments

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​For a person with diminished or no vision or hearing, the first steps to a livable community are literally safe steps. Being able to securely navigate sidewalks, cross streets and ride public transportation are keys to independence and mobility. Public spaces that take the varied needs of visitors into account empower and encourage all sorts of people to get out and about. This article outlines some tools and technologies communities can use to help meet the needs of people of... Read more

The First Suburban Retrofit Gets a Neighborhood

The heart of Mashpee Commons at night. Source: Mashpee Commons
Transformation of the former New Seabury Shopping Center in Mashpee, Massachusetts, into a town center began 30 years ago. The early-1960s strip mall at the intersection of two state highways on Cape Cod was fading and needed refurbishment. Mashpee, a suburban municipality located between two older towns, consisted of a hodge-podge of retail areas surrounded by parking lots, condominium developments, and subdivisions. The young owner of the shopping center, came up with the radical idea to convert the shopping center... Read more
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