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A compendium of resources, articles, and inspiration for those interested in community building, community development, community revitalization, and community engagement.  
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31 Ways to Build Community in Your Neighborhood - Denver Dweller

31 Ways to Build Community in Your Neighborhood - Denver Dweller | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it

There are days when my husband and I will go outside for a stroll  and end up at an impromptu neighborhood gathering on the sidewalk. I love this. It’s the sort of thing you just can’t plan. But if you keep showing up and reaching out to your neighbors, this sense of community in your neighborhood happens organically.

With so many positive benefits, we could all stand to strengthen our neighborhood ties. Here’s a month’s worth of strategies for building community in your neighborhood.

 

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Teaching Urban Planning to Pre-Schoolers

Teaching Urban Planning to Pre-Schoolers | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it

"Is our [urban planning] under-represented in young minds because they are too young to understand it? No, kids know what a neighborhood is. Is the topic too dull for kids? No, kids love bikes, trains, playgrounds, and skyscrapers. Then why is urban planning so under-celebrated, and why doesn’t it emerge as a field of study prior to the college level?"

 

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An Edible Learning Garden in Brooklyn

An Edible Learning Garden in Brooklyn | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
New York firm WORKac taps into society’s increased focus on heathy eating with a school’s learning garden.
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Denver-area restaurant, The Kitchen, is also mentioned for their work producing Learning Gardens, in use at 167 schools.

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Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars?

Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars? | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it

"If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people....The good news is that a child-centered city is not simply generous; it’s practical."

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Suburbs Are Urban Places, Too

Suburbs Are Urban Places, Too | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
A scholar argues that suburbs have complex urban qualities, but they are poorly understood.
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What Your Town Can Learn From America's Most Walkable Suburb

What Your Town Can Learn From America's Most Walkable Suburb | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
It's got great transit, plenty of sidewalks, and values people more than cars.
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When the Parking Space Becomes a Park

When the Parking Space Becomes a Park | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
Often commissioned by small businesses hoping to attract customers, “parklets” can brighten streetscapes and create community gathering spaces.

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What kind of impact can a parklet have on your community and businesses?

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Here’s the right way to make transit and density work in the suburbs

Here’s the right way to make transit and density work in the suburbs | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
Bethesda, Md., a suburb of D.C., is a great example of smart growth. Let’s hope the state’s new GOP governor doesn’t screw that up.
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Downtown Denver Could Soon Have a Crowdfunded Bike Lane – Next City

Downtown Denver Could Soon Have a Crowdfunded Bike Lane – Next City | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
Inside the politics of building bike infrastructure and raising private money for public projects.
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Revitalizing Suburbia: It's All About Context and Scale

Revitalizing Suburbia: It's All About Context and Scale | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it

"As rural and suburban areas with lower density attempt to revitalize their town centers, it’s important to note that “these places need the population to support the context and scale. Not all of suburbia will see growth.”

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Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds

Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
When it comes to providing jobs and money to towns and cities, not all renewable energy is created equal.
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The ways we're repurposing abandoned malls and big-box stores are much cooler than you think - Urbanful

The ways we're repurposing abandoned malls and big-box stores are much cooler than you think - Urbanful | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
A Walmart becomes a library, a mall became office space for Google, and more.
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Crowdfunded Parks Are Coming and That Isn’t a Bad Thing – Next City

Crowdfunded Parks Are Coming and That Isn’t a Bad Thing – Next City | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding is a tool that can change public space for the better.
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Why Copenhagen Is Building Parks That Can Turn Into Ponds

Why Copenhagen Is Building Parks That Can Turn Into Ponds | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
Instead of massive sewer expansion to prepare for climate change, the city chose something cheaper—and more fun.
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Farming the Subdivision

Farming the Subdivision | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
A new “agrihood” in California’s Central Valley reworks a former tomato-canning plant into an aspirational suburb.
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Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots - Project for Public Spaces

Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots - Project for Public Spaces | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it

Across many cultures and times – since the beginning of civilization, in fact – the street has held vast social, commercial, and political significance as a powerful symbol of the public realm.

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How Edmonton Made Winter Great Again

How Edmonton Made Winter Great Again | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it

"[I]n order to become a true winter city, Edmonton would have go from resenting its winter to embracing it—and it would have to do it in a way that was authentic to Edmonton."

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What Have We Learned From 30 Years of 'Aging in Place'?

What Have We Learned From 30 Years of 'Aging in Place'? | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
A new study on 'naturally occurring retirement communities' shows that cities must adapt to and support the needs of elders for them to thrive.
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Laneways are coming to life in America

Laneways are coming to life in America | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
Cities and community groups are turning urban alleys into places for people, art and maybe even a new front yard.
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Resolutions that will make your city a better place

Resolutions that will make your city a better place | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
If we’re willing to commit, we can all make changes in our routines that can change our cities for the better.
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This Swedish artist captures the importance of complete streets in one image - Urbanful

This Swedish artist captures the importance of complete streets in one image - Urbanful | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
How small exactly is the space left for pedestrians on our streets? What this illustration portrays is striking.
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Strategies for temporary use

Strategies for temporary use | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it

Business of Temporary Use: how we can better fund, organise and commission temporary use projects for the empty spaces in our cities.


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Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists

Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
A look at America's leading arts hubs and their roles in economic development.
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Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems

Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems | Community: Building, revitalizing, engaging | Scoop.it
New energy is transforming our cities into hotbeds of democracy and progressive innovation.
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