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100In1Day Hamilton

100In1Day Hamilton | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
Small ideas, BIG change

100In1Day is a global festival of civic engagement coming to Hamilton for the first time on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Imagine the possibilities for our city if hundreds of people united to participate in small initiatives to spark change. Share your vision for a better city.

Join the movement today by submitting your intervention, participating in a workshop or helping to spread the word.

Presented by Evergreen.
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What a great idea and an effective way to advertise it. 

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'Two-Ways' to Fix Our Neighborhoods

'Two-Ways' to Fix Our Neighborhoods | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
Expanding on earlier research about the impacts of one-way streets on outcomes such as public health and property values, a new study examines a citywide case study in Louisville. A year ago, Planetizen published our op-ed on the positive outcomes achieved by converting multi-lane one-way streets to two-way traffic flow.
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As stated, more study needs to be done, but this is worth thinking about wherever there are one-way streets.

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Toolmobile

Toolmobile | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
Helping our community to prosper by providing quality housing assistance for all, revitalizing neighborhoods and empowering residents through education and counseling.
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What a creative idea. Wonder how they handle insurance?
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gallery | The Neighborhood Foundation

gallery | The Neighborhood Foundation | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
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Examples of board-ups that change the impression they leave in the neighborhood. An improvement to the current practice.

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Gentrification Is a Myth

Gentrification Is a Myth | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
It started in Soho, then moved to Chelsea and the East Village. Riots in Tompkins Square in 1988 earned it some headlines but didn’t stop its creeping advance. It moved on to lower Harlem, then jumped the river to Park Slope. Williamsburg and Fort Greene followed; today, it threatens even...
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Interesting article, worth reading for an understanding of the current research on this topic.

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Local Economy and the Multiplier Effect | Sustainable Cities Collective

Local Economy and the Multiplier Effect | Sustainable Cities Collective | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
(Keep it local graphic) There is a very direct relationship between the health of your local community and how much shopping you do online. When stores close down and get boarded up, it's not a coincidence. If you value the integrity of your local high street, don't buy online. If you want boarded up, empty shops near you, do buy online. 
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I know I shouldn't shop so much on-line, but it is so convenient. This article reminds us all why it is so important to support our local businesses.

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Neighborhood Bands together for draw dropping display

Neighborhood Bands together for draw dropping display | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
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Now THAT is what I call coming together for the holidays!

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City turns to residents to reduce blight, increase values

City turns to residents to reduce blight, increase values | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
The City of Covington signed contracts Monday afternoon with several people to rehab vacant homes or rebuild on vacant lots
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Good way to identify some specific properties to pursue foreclosure on. "Community Developers" - I like the term and the idea to ask the community if they are interested in any of these properties.

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Sometimes making a good neighborhood takes a little effort

Sometimes making a good neighborhood takes a little effort | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
I think about how good are at building communities that transcend where we live. But there’s something about sharing time with people who share our space. Something that makes our houses feel more like home.
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Cute story about how a simple thing can forge neighborhood bonds.

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Gen Xers are key to reviving our cities

Gen Xers are key to reviving our cities | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
This article is cross-posted with permission from NextCity. If I could sum up my biggest problem with the current discussion ...
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Good insights for consideration for all of us.
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Playability: Creating Family-Friendly Cities

Playability: Creating Family-Friendly Cities | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
Kids and parents are calling out for play everywhere. People don't just want great parks and playgrounds; they want a complete reimagining of what our urban spaces and places look like-- from sidewalks and bus stops to health clinics and laundromats.
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What a great concept. Makes you want to work for a company that thinks like this.

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President’s Preview: Communities across the country are turning to creative board-ups | Community Progress Blog | Center for Community Progress

President’s Preview: Communities across the country are turning to creative board-ups | Community Progress Blog | Center for Community Progress | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
All across the country, communities are realizing that a vacant home does not have to look vacant.
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Creative solutions to a challenging issue. How to make a boarded property not look like a boarded property.

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Great Places in America: Neighborhoods

Great Places in America: Neighborhoods | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
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APA's annual selection of Great Places. Good way to plan vacation locations.

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Boise City Traffic Box Art

In partnership with Downtown Boise Association, and Ada County Highway District, the downtown traffic boxes that operate our intersection streetlights have been redesigned by local artists. These everyday utilitarian devices are transformed into interesting and engaging public art pieces.
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Very cool, why aren't we doing this everywhere?

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Kriseman seeks to reclaim hundreds of 'dead' properties using outside legal help

Kriseman seeks to reclaim hundreds of 'dead' properties using outside legal help | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
ST. PETERSBURG — The city's latest idea for breathing life into "dead" properties: Ask a judge to force them to auction.
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A pilot program to try to free up properties held by non-responsive owners. 

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St. Pete sees demolitions as key to better neighborhoods - Tampabay.com

St. Pete sees demolitions as key to better neighborhoods - Tampabay.com | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
ST. PETERSBURG — Years after a housing bust and crippling recession, the city has started to aggressively demolish the detritus of that era, knocking down vacant, decrepit homes that have become magnets for crime, vagrants and pests.
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We created a system to prioritize these neighborhood cancers and expedited processing. We are also stepping up efforts to have the owners and financial institutions be responsible for rehabbing or demolishing the properties.

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The flowering of utility boxes: Turning mysterious infrastructure into public art

The flowering of utility boxes: Turning mysterious infrastructure into public art | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
What first appear to be the epitome of boring infrastructural blight can become one of the small ways that people begin to make meaning in their neighborhood.
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I couldn't agree more. Let's do something creative with these boxes.
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'Zombie' homes get facelift after Center report

'Zombie' homes get facelift after Center report | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
Foreclosure crisis left some homes empty and untended. Wells Fargo addressing problem in St. Petersburg.
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Good cooperation from Wells Fargo to make sure the properties meet minimum property codes.

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Daniel Ruth: Neighborhood associations encouraged to make positive changes

Daniel Ruth: Neighborhood associations encouraged to make positive changes | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
You hear that tired old saw all the time about how you can't fight city hall, or the little guy doesn't stand a chance against powerful, entrenched interests. But that is complete balderdash, unless of course John Q.
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Do Urban Neighborhoods Need Homeowners? -- Rooflines

Do Urban Neighborhoods Need Homeowners? -- Rooflines | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
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Interesting article about the changes in ownership in the housing markets in urban neighborhoods. We know the compelling arguments for emphasizing ownership rates, but must recognize that many people will not be able to own a home.

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Side Streets: Urgent email leads to rescue of neighborhood association - Colorado Springs Gazette

Side Streets: Urgent email leads to rescue of neighborhood association - Colorado Springs Gazette | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
In September, an email swept through Stratmoor Hills on the southern edge of Colorado Springs. It was a call to residents of the unincorporated neighborhood to assemble at the local fire station.
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Common situation of no one stepping up to take leadership and participate and what one neighborhood did. Quick access to neighbors, brings quick results

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What "trunk-or-treating" means for the American neighborhood

What "trunk-or-treating" means for the American neighborhood | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
We all know the traditional Halloween trick-or-treat paradigm: get dressed up in your costume, grab your pillowcase or bucket, and head out down the sidewalk to knock on the doors of your neighbors
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I have applauded neighborhoods that organized for "trunk-or-treating" but this article raises interesting conversation about the disadvantages of such an event.

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Brookside neighborhood aims to cut crime by cleaning up east-side blight

Brookside neighborhood aims to cut crime by cleaning up east-side blight | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
One Indianapolis community claims it has figured out a way to cut crime without increasing police presence.
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This neighborhood takes matters into their own hands.

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Tweet from @VisionFlagstaff

Tweet from @VisionFlagstaff | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
“Friday's virtual art walk part deux: Best crosswalk art/traffic calming example yet. Thanks to @benhballie pic.twitter.com/Y8CyM2QEKP”
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Street Art projects continue to amaze me.
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What’s Most Important to Renters? Not a Cool Neighborhood, Survey Says

What’s Most Important to Renters? Not a Cool Neighborhood, Survey Says | Neighborhood | Scoop.it
Half of renters say the reason they don’t own a home is for financial reasons, and affordability is far and away the most popular factor in choosing a home, according to a recent survey by...
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Interesting insights into what renters are seeking, but I think the conclusion that a "cool neighborhood" is not that important may vary from City to City.
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