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May 11, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Innovators of America’s Next Cities

Fast Company has posted an incredible list of “bold ideas and brilliant urbanites who are helping to build the cities of America’s future” and itemized them by state.

Here are some favs:

Ben Berkowitz | SeeClickFix
When Berkowitz saw graffiti near his home, he tried to notify the right authorities. Not easy. So he built SeeClickFix, a site where citizens can post such alerts and flag any they deem urgent. Some 30 cities use a premium version of the site. CONNECTICUT: NEW HAVEN

Adrian Holovaty | EveryBlock
A hyperlocal-news aggregator from web developer Holovaty, EveryBlock emphasizes data that are often hard to access, such as crime statistics and restaurant-inspection info. ILLINOIS: CHICAGO

The Design Your Own Park Competition
Too often, amenities like parks are conceived by bureaucrats, not end users. Binghamton changed that with a contest that invites residents to plan revamps of neglected spaces. The first new parks will be finished this year. NEW YORK: BINGHAMTON


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