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    Tuk tuks could shift from novelty to necessity in the COVID era

    Rickshaws and pedicabs offer a key advantage over most common forms of city transportation: They operate in the open-air at a time when air flow is more important than ever.

    Jason Plautz • Aug. 4, 2020
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    Calls to 'defund the police' are upending FY21 budgets. Here's how.

    In this interactive report, Smart Cities Dive details how each state's largest city adjusted its public safety funding — if at all — amid demands for reallocations of police budgets.

    Kristin Musulin and Cailin Crowe • July 15, 2020
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    Algal blooms to data boons: How 'smart lakes' improve water quality

    New York's Lake George and Ohio's Lake Erie are among those to deploy sensors and IoT tech in an effort to monitor pollution, toxins and weather.

    Chris Teale • July 13, 2020
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    Virus vs. voting: Behind the high-risk presidential primary elections

    As November's election showdown looms, officials nationwide are scrambling to preserve voter rights while minimizing coronavirus transmission.

    Katie Pyzyk • July 6, 2020
  • A COVID-19 hit to public power? For some, it's not all bad

    Municipal utilities and other public power entities have unique challenges, and some advantages, when dealing with the financial impacts of the pandemic.

    Matthew Bandyk • June 26, 2020
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    Transit agencies weigh security forces amid calls to defund police

    U.S. cities are reassessing transit policing in an effort to address issues of systemic racism. "This is about reimagining what safety looks like," one transit official said.

    Jason Plautz • June 25, 2020
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    The 'new normal': City sectors confront post-coronavirus realities

    With costs of the pandemic coming into focus as recovery efforts persist, Smart Cities Dive analyzed how leaders across various departments can use lessons from the COVID-19 crisis to rebuild.

    Chris Teale • May 26, 2020
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    Observing recovery through a climate 'magnifying glass'

    COVID-19 presented cities with fresh observations of climate trends, marking a crucial time for leaders to weave climate change mitigation into recovery efforts.

    Chris Teale • May 26, 2020
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    Stay-at-home orders shine light on 'amplified' digital divide

    Just as the Great Depression highlighted a need for ubiquitous electricity, advocates are urging leaders to seize COVID-19 as a turning point for ubiquitous internet.

    Chris Teale • May 26, 2020
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    Transportation leaders focus on regaining trust before building anew

    Before eyeing new infrastructure, transportation agencies must regain the loyalty of riders who fled to personal cars amid the pandemic.

    Chris Teale • May 26, 2020
  • New era of city workforce development implores virtual strategies

    Experts say recovering from the economic destruction of the COVID-19 pandemic will require a new, tech-forward approach to regional hiring and workforce development.

    Kristin Musulin • May 14, 2020
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    As anxiety rises, cities adapt mental health services on the fly

    The new coronavirus pandemic has strained city-run mental health services, resulting in a need for more federal support and reprioritized programs.

    Jason Plautz • May 11, 2020
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    8 ways coronavirus is altering the construction industry

    U.S. jobsites are reopening, but construction will not look the same as before the COVID-19 outbreak. Are cities ready for the paradigm shift?

    Jennifer Goodman • May 1, 2020
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    The pandemic pace: A look at congestion-free speeding and its risks

    As city streets see drastic dips in vehicular traffic, a by-the-numbers look shows drivers are traveling at unprecedented speeds — putting pedestrians, cyclists and other civilians at risk. 

    Cailin Crowe • April 29, 2020
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    Who will save the startups?

    At this point, it's not about keeping startups alive — it's about who can last on the other side of an economic downturn.

    Samantha Schwartz • April 28, 2020
  • Cities have seen a cycling surge amid COVID-19. Will the trend stick?

    A number of cities have closed streets to vehicular traffic to support and protect a spike in biking. As cities look to recovery, advocates hope such moves will influence change.

    Chris Teale • April 27, 2020
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    Omaha, NE residents pick up city's slack in COVID-19 communications

    The mayor’s office lacks social media pages, email newsletters or text services to communicate important health information with residents. As COVID-19 spreads, community leaders are stepping up.

    Kristin Musulin • April 23, 2020
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    Chicago COVID-19 data stresses racial disparities seen nationally

    Black individuals are contracting and dying from COVID-19 at a disproportionately high rate. Experts blame long-standing inequities and structural racism — and urge cities to mitigate the racial divide.

    Katie Pyzyk • April 21, 2020
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    Mollerus, Sharon. (2018). "Mural, Nashville 12/23/18" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    City culture hangs in the balance as small businesses struggle to survive

    Efforts to sustain small businesses amid the current economic slowdown aren't just about saving jobs. They're about protecting a city's spirit.

    Jason Plautz • April 13, 2020
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    Cybersecurity risks spike as COVID-19 forces city staff to go remote

    Before the pandemic, the likelihood and scale of cyberattacks on local governments had been intensifying. Now, with most city employees on distributed devices at home, vulnerabilities are sky high.

    Chris Teale • April 6, 2020
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    No wipes in the pipes: Coronavirus cleaning leads to spike in sewer clogs

    The use of disinfectant wipes is spiking as residents try to protect themselves from COVID-19. The result: clogged municipal wastewater systems and costly repairs. 

    Katie Pyzyk • April 1, 2020
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    Strategic design can help car-free streets gain popularity post-coronavirus

    Once-packed streets are now void of cars as residents stay home. While cities use this as a window into the possibilities of car-free streets, they must also consider forward-thinking design changes to prioritize people over cars.

    Jason Plautz • March 27, 2020
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    The US didn't sign a global road safety pact. Now advocates are fighting back

    A recent road safety conference in Stockholm seemingly lacked representation from the U.S. federal government. Young advocates were left wondering who is taking charge in eliminating road deaths.

    Chris Teale • March 24, 2020
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    Will scooters survive the COVID-19 crisis?

    Firms step up disinfecting — and in some cases exit cities altogether to limit the spread of disease. But the disruption comes at a difficult time for the industry, blunting the typical spring rebound. 

    Jason Plautz • Updated March 20, 2020
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    COVID-19 may sport the thinnest silver lining: a cleaner climate

    There is evidence of declining carbon emissions and improved air quality as societies lock down. Experts say potential stimulus funding could present an opportunity to perpetuate these changes.

    Chris Teale • March 19, 2020