Community Manager at SeeClickFix.com, a web and mobile web platform based here in New Haven. SeeClickFix allows citizens anywhere in the world to report and monitor non-emergency community issues ranging from potholes and planted trees to garbage and graffiti. Launched in 2008, it empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations, and governments to work together and improve their neighborhoods.
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Get your biking, walking, dancing, and hula hooping shoes on! We’re excited to announce the upcoming 2015 National Open Streets Summit happening September 25-27, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia! The 2015 National Open Streets Summit is co-hosted by the Open Streets Project, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Atlanta Streets Alive. The Open Streets Project is also collaborating with 8-80 Cities. The Summit will feature sessions [...]
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The Caterpillar Foundation is working with LISC Phoenix on a $1 million investment to lift low-income communities throughout the metro area. They are kicking off the effort this week by announcing the region's first Financial Opportunity Center, which will open in an affordable housing development near the light rail expansion in Mesa. Nearly two-thirds of residents along the rail corridor earn less than 50 percent of the area median income.
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