Is “Community” a Verb or a Noun? Provocations From Baltimore and Washington

Baltimore became my refuge when I moved to the District four decades ago. As a native New Yorker, I could not quite adjust to overly conformist official and bureaucratic life in a nation’s capital. Charm City’s quirky citizens just an hour away offered a much appreciated escape. Working-class Baltimore was the opposite of Washington, blues singer Leadbelly’s quintessential “Bourgeois town.” …

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Tel Aviv’s DigiTel: an e-government app and smart card, all in one

By Jesse Fox TEL AVIV, Israel — In early 2013, this city’s local government found itself the object of much …

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Water Conservation Can Be Smart AND Sexy

Civic Innovation Spotlight Meeting of the Minds is working with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI) to …

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Downtown Richmond

Bringing Back a Downtown

Richmond, CA – Macdonald Avenue, the historic main street of this San Francisco Bay Area city, is on the verge …

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How Nairobi built a thriving tech community

By Greg Scruggs NAIROBI, Kenya — In 2009, a submarine fiber optic cable landed on the beaches of Mombassa, about …

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San Francisco Bay

The Shoreline of the Future: Permanently Temporary

Hundreds of millions of years ago sea level was 600 feet higher than it is today, and at the peak …

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California Coast

OGC Applies Open Climate Data to California Flood Scenario

In March 2014, the Obama Administration launched the Climate Data Initiative, unleashing troves of open government data about our climate …

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Bangladesh’s only female big-city mayor may also be its most effective

By AZM Anas NARAYANGANJ, Bangladesh — This Muslim-majority nation may have a female prime minister, but at the local level …

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Amsterdam to tourists: Get off the beaten path

By Letty Reimerink AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — The shimmering canals, world-class museums and nightlife here have always been a hit …

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