Local government, neglected under apartheid in South Africa, was elevated in the 1996 constitution so as to strengthen democracy and help redress past inequities.
Can bookstores build community? Proponents in Milan of a recently passed law that regulates discounts and promotes literacy think so.
The city's outdated system of citizen advisory councils is under review. Here's what needs to change.
Participatory budgeting allows residents to propose projects and vote on how they want to allocate a significant amount of municipal spending.
To create more resilient, equitable urban spaces, all voices have to be at the table. An urban designer argues that planning for a future we can't yet see can help us get there.
Proponents see Measure J as a means of achieving racial and economic justice through fiscal policy and hope the model can be replicated in other cities.
EcoDistricts are a hyper-local model of urban planning focused on equity and environmental justice. The certification process can take years, and it's not always obvious what's changed.