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Police-community partnerships offer way to improve neighborhood safety

Dozens of communities across the U.S. have formed effective, ongoing partnerships with the police that have improved safety and trust.

the art of ordinary life: why storytelling nights are suddenly everywhere

In our hyperconnected, digital age, people hunger for real stories. In Cleveland and across the country, storytelling nights are growing thanks to the popularity of The Moth, This American Life and other programs that elevate life into art.

VIDEO: Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.

Want to get people back to work? Fill the basic skills gap

Low-income workers like Tawnee McCluskey often lack the basic skills needed to find a good job. To bridge the gap, experts says it's essential to invest in training. Yet despite millions of people out of work, programs are hard to find.

How public art builds safer, stronger neighborhoods

Forget your ideas about giant abstract sculptures on museum lawns. In Detroit, public art is an essential part of community life.

13 ideas for your city from the first-ever Urban Innovation Exchange

Last week, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities, sharing stories of success, failure, hard work and creativity.

Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Small-scale, big deal: UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

How the arts inspire change in Detroit

In Detroit, art isn’t just something to look at. The city’s rich artistic tradition has been an essential ingredient for cultivating community resilience, engagement and vitality.

What smart cities can learn from Denver

Fueled by collaboration, the Mile High City is investing in transit-oriented development while also preserving its historic neighborhoods. Denver has gained 50,000 new residents in the past four years, outpacing its suburbs and most other metro areas.

How local is your beer? Craft brewers increasingly employ seasonal, regionally-grown ingredients

Despite our love of local brews, many of the ingredients in our favorite beers are not sourced locally. Yet that's changing as brewers tap into the local farming movement in their communities to add more fresh ingredients.

With historic influx of urban residents, cities are seeing a rise in amenities

After decades of population loss, many cities are now growing faster than the rest of their metro areas. Urban developers are trying to attract the right amenities to support the new wave of urbanites. So what’s needed to sustain a dense and vibrant city? The answers might surprise you.

Putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working together with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine neighborhoods.

National roundup: Detroit's wind economy, Memphis' startup symphony, Toronto's Silicon Valley

Issue Media Group publications such as 83 Degrees in Tampa, Confluence in Denver and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.

What smart cities can learn from Pittsburgh

With a culture of collaboration, a willingness to change and a focus on creating the kind of urban environment that attracts creative talent, the Steel City has moved from gritty to green and is now poised for the next wave of growth.
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