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In a city of immigrants, Rotterdam’s Muslim mayor leads by example

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands — After last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb was as angry as any European leader when he called for the “complete destruction” of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Editors note: This article first appeared in and is reprinted with permission. as an independent, nonprofit media startup, focused …

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After a painful eviction, Bangladesh slum dwellers start over with a 99-year lease

By AZM Anas GOPALGANJ, Bangladesh — The new white houses with blue tin roofs on the outskirts of Gopalganj are …

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Meeting of the Minds 2015 Hackathon Recap

On October 17th and 18th, The Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) Hackathon brought together designers, developers, and entrepreneurs to hack …

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In Italy, a struggling town looks to refugees for revival

By Simone D’Antonio SATRIANO, Italy — The population of this town located in the toe of Italy’s “boot” is shrinking …

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Observations from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s FLEXLAB

The Meeting of the Minds conference this year was a stimulating gathering of thought leaders, city leaders, and change makers, …

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Antananarivo Madagascar

Madagascar’s growing cities: Why common problems sometimes require different solutions

On October 19 to 22 the Second National Urban Forum took place in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Among the guests were the …

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Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero: devolution is ‘bringing services closer to the people’

By Christopher Swope Nairobi, one of Africa’s largest and most influential cities, doesn’t have a mayor — it has a …

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San Francisco Bay Area

Smart Cities 2.0: What Works Today

Let’s imagine a modern city in 2020. It is a Smart City. Urban planning, ecology, and information technology reach into …

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Utica Clock

Eyes on the Prize: What 83 Community Microgrid Assessments Can Teach the World About Resilience, Open Government, and the Reinvention of the Grid

NY Prize is shaking up the clean energy market – the $40 million competition is asking local New York communities …

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