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The Atlanta Voice / March 16, 2021

Atlanta City Council approves funding to complete the BeltLine

Monday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the approval of funding to complete the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine. The Atlanta City Council approved legislation creating a Special Service District (SSD) that will provide approximately $100 million towards completing the Atlanta BeltLine’s 22-mile multi-use trail loop.

Next City / March 10, 2021

You’ve Removed Your Confederate Statues — Now What?

It’s 2021 and Confederate symbolism is still on display in too many public places, from city parks to statehouses to the U.S. Capitol. Some communities across the country are taking action to remove Confederate symbols from public life—including from license plates, as mascots, and from state flags and public space.

Climate KIC / February 18, 2021

Improved urban parks increase communities’ climate resilience

Start Park, a project led by citizens from Florence, Italy, has won “Most advanced idea” at the global Climathon Awards 2020. The prize rewards the team that has improved the most since taking part in a previous Climathon: a city-based 24-hour ideathon organised by EIT Climate-KIC, where citizens are invited to brainstorm solutions to lessen the impact of the extreme weather events their city is already facing or will have to face in the near future.

Harvard Magazine / February 17, 2021

Shaping Cities

Stephen Gray pioneers equitable urban design.

Next City / February 10, 2021

Can a Park Prevent Gentrification?

The upheavals of the past year – the pandemic, recession, protests over racial injustice and a violent insurrection at the Capitol — have laid bare the great fissures in American society. Today we are a nation deeply divided by income, race, and class. Amid calls for healing and justice, President Biden promises to “build back better,” with development that promotes racial and economic equity.

The Nature Conservancy / February 5, 2021

5 Ways to Stand Up for Racial Justice in Nature

If you love nature—and believe everyone should have a healthy environment where they can live and play—here are 5 things you can do right now to help build more justice in our natural world.