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Crowdfunding for Affordable Housing

A new experiment in funding affordable housing is underway in Seattle.

June 25, 2019 - The Urbanist

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Civic Crowdfunding to Mitigate 'Bikelash'

Public outcry about the priority given protected bike lanes on streets can be mitigated when civic crowdfunding is part of the planning process, according to this article.

April 18, 2019 - The Conversation

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Philadelphia Project Seeks Diverse Array of Investors

A development project in Philadelphia is raising funds through a combination of Opportunity Zones benefits, federal tax credits, and crowdfunding.

November 10, 2018 - Next City

Chariot Commuter Shuttle in San Francisco Expands 50 Percent After Ford Acquisition

Chariot shuttle service, recently acquired by Ford Motor Company, may soon be a more formidable competitor for San Francisco's public transit provider, Muni, due to an expansion to 150 vans. Expect new routes, five-minute headways, and $4 rides.

December 6, 2016 - San Francisco Chronicle

Vanpooling the Green Way

Vanpooling in a gasoline powered vehicle is heavily polluting, according to Green Commuter, a new car share and vanpooling service that rents all-electric vehicles, such as the Tesla Model X.

August 1, 2016 - Auto Rental News

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Let's Talk About Civic Crowdfunding and Government Responsibility

A reply to skeptics about the democratic power and potential of civic crowdfunding platforms.

April 4, 2016 - Katie Lorah

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More Than Money: Civic Crowdfunding for Participatory Community Development

Crowdfunding platforms have attracted attention for their capacity to bring together likeminded people from far-flung corners of the world. Worth building on, however, is the ability of some platforms to bring together neighborhoods and communities.

December 8, 2015 - Robert Goodspeed

Friday Funny: $2 Billion in Crowdfunding Sought for Replica of Middle Earth's Minas Tirith

If you always thought you'd fit in better in Middle Earth than Anywhere, U.S.A., a group of architects and engineers would like to give you a chance to test your theory.

August 14, 2015 - Inhabitat

Questioning the Wisdom of Crowd Funding

After a splashy project recently hit its crowdfunding goals, one write dares to suggest that such fund raising methods might not be the best idea.

May 21, 2015 - The Guardian Cities

Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Money and Awareness for Boston's MBTA

A Boston resident has launched a not totally-serious crowdfunding page called "Modernizing Boston's Transit" to help raise the $30 billion needed to fix the MBTA.

February 16, 2015 - BostInno

Bakersfield Turns to Crowdfunding for Downtown Revitalization Plans

Here's an experiment worth watching: Bakerfield's Downtown Business Development Corporation (DBDC) has launched a crowdfunding website in the hopes of seeing its urban design plans come to fruition.

February 14, 2015 - Indiegogo

Crowdfunding Civic Spaces

Although crowdfunding initially developed to support artists and entrepreneurs, crowdfunding sites are funding a growing number of public space projects.

November 22, 2014 - Next City

MARTA Crowdfunds Bike Repair Facilities Near Stations

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) turned to crowdfunding for a small project that could have big returns in luring bikers to go multi-modal on public transit.

November 13, 2014 - Progressive Railroading

Dearborn Street Bike Lane

How to Crowdfund a Bike Lane

A PeopleforBikes post explains why the crowdfunding model made sense for a proposed project by the Downtown Denver Partnership to create a protected bike lane on Arapahoe Street.

November 11, 2014 - People for Bikes

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Friday Funday: Turning a City Street into a Giant Waterslide

Artist Luke Jerram recently installed a 300-foot waterslide on Park Street in Bristol, UK. The "Park and Slide" event was massively attended and wildly popular.

May 9, 2014 - Sustainable Cities Collective

Bristol waterslide

The Best Urban Crowdfunding Projects

Guardian Cities has compiled a list (with pictures!) of the "smartest" urban crowdfunding projects from around the world.

April 29, 2014 - Guardian Cities

Kansas City Bike Share Program Crowdfunds to Expand (Updated)

The B-Cycle bike share program in Kansas City is using a crowdfunding platform to generate funds for capital investments after an underwhelming attempt to generate funds for operations.

January 20, 2014 - Next American City

The Promise and Peril of Eco-Crowdfunding

Officials in Oregon, New York, and California have embraced crowdfunding as a way to push forward with environmental projects in a time of constrained budgets. Though the emerging tool is attractive to many, others see danger.

November 21, 2013 - Governing

Festival Makes Crowdfunding a Community-Building Affair

An innovative event held recently in Jacksonville, Florida used a festival as a means to bring crowdfunding to the people; providing a platform for community building and branding in the process. Could this be the future of financing public projects?

August 15, 2013 - Urban Land

Crowdsourced Project Turns British Streets Into Massive Art Gallery

At 22,000 sites across the United Kingdom, space normally reserved for billboards and poster advertisements will become frames for great works of art. For the Art Everywhere project, the public played curator and donated online to help pay the costs.

August 10, 2013 - The Guardian

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