Gov 2.0 News

August 18, 2013

The City of Seattle released a mobile application this week that will allow locals to report certain issues to the city from their phones. The Find It, Fix It app is available for free on both iPhones and Androids and has been installed by 1,476 people as of Friday morning, according to the city. Those downloads have come from users as far as Singapore, the Netherlands and New Zealand, city spokeswoman Katherine Schubert-Knapp said. The app allows users to report potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles and parking concerns they find, among other problems. Users can report the issue by snapping ...

August 14, 2013

August 13, 2013

High schools in about 20 states are now operating under e-transcript initiatives.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped storm victims find documents, fill out forms, connect to the Internet, and plan how to rebuild, and there's a growing awareness of the important role libraries can play in disaster relief.

August 9, 2013

Chile’s new “complete streets” approach will be a paragon of integrated transport. Photo copyright Marcelo Kristopher. In 2006 Santiago, Chile implemented a public transport reform that reorganized the capital citys buses into an integrated system with its already successful metro. ...

He may not be able to run, jump or even talk, but the cardboard version of a transit police officer in Boston is intimidating enough to make thieves think twice before trying to swipe a bike.

August 5, 2013

There is now an option for parents to get their kids into some of the citys top pre-kindergarten programs with loans just for day care.

August 1, 2013

Recent reports have documented an alarming rise in poverty levels across America. With the federal government cutting funding for social programs serving the poor, cities are stepping into the void by creating anti-poverty centers.

A decade after a record blackout crippled the Northeast, engineers are installing new devices that could stop future breakdowns.    

Knowing how many youth are homeless is a critical first step in helping them, but it's not easy to count a hidden population. Nine communities across the United States set out to improve their counts through the Youth Count! Initiative. The Urban Institute observed their work and drew out promising practices and lessons for improvement.

July 31, 2013

July 29, 2013

With recent gains in home prices doing little for some blighted neighborhoods, Richmond, Calif., is about to become the first city in the nation to try a novel way to stop foreclosures.    

New York is launching an online, searchable database called Project Sunlight, which gives the public an in-depth view of the individuals and entities that are...

It is the season of outdoor adventures, but you have to be careful to avoid natural dangers like poison ivy. One place has found a novel way of eradicating the nuisance plant without using chemicals.

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July 24, 2013

With thousands of abandoned homes located in neighborhoods of varying shape and character, Chicago has a massive challenge in returning its vacant properties to active use. Can algorithms help leaders decide on the right solutions?

Pediatricians at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx and at Harlem Hospital are writing prescriptions for fruits and vegetables to at-risk youths. Patients who receive the prescriptions get coupons for produce at local farmers markets and city green carts.

July 20, 2013

Pittsburgh's rebirth offers hope for Motor City's prosperous future

July 19, 2013

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