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Bring GOOD Ideas for Cities to Your City: Download Our Toolkit

We've published a toolkit allowing anyone to organize events where local creatives team up with civic leaders to solve real-life urban challenges.

Since 2008, we've been we've been hosting GOOD Ideas for Cities events across the country, where local creatives team up with civic leaders to solve real-life urban challenges. The initiative has resulted in dozens of implemented solutions, from a board game that helps house the homeless in L.A., to a neighborhood revitalization project in Dallas, to a network of urban beacons which connects St. Louis both physically and virtually.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Supporting Food Truck Culture In New Orleans

Vendors and creatives have devised a plan to combat and alter the archaic laws suppressing the growth of the food truck community in New Orleans.

In recent years, New Orleans has become an urban incubator for creative ideas, drawing artists and entrepreneurs together to help guide the city towards a positive future. This meeting-of-the-minds atmosphere has revealed a simple truth about the city: New Orleans has a lot of archaic laws in dire need of a modern overhaul.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Three Ideas for Venice, Italy

At an event held at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, three teams of architects presented their concepts for the city.

A few months ago GOOD Ideas for Cities was selected as one of 124 grassroots urban initiatives in the exhibition Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good, the U.S. delegation to the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. As part of the exhibition, we were asked to organize an event pairing three Venetian architecture firms with challenges proposed by three local urban leaders. Here are the ideas for Venice they proposed. If you can get to Venice by this weekend, the Biennale closes on Saturday, November 25.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Making Bus Stops Dignified and Multifunctional

Urban street corners can be dirty and desolate. They're also the places people wait for the bus. How one New Orleans group strived to improve them.

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Urban street corners can be dirty and desolate. Unfortunately, these in-between spaces are also somewhat of a no-man's-land of responsibility for local residents, business owners, and city services. How to empower citizens to improve these ignored parts of their community? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities New Orleans, a team examined how to create an affordable kit of improvements which could be replicated on street corners citywide.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: In San Francisco, City Officials and Designers Are Like Peas and Carrots

After working with GOOD to produce three events pairing local designers with city officials, a group in San Francisco is expanding the program.

As GOOD Ideas for Cities continues its international quest to encourage and tease out fascinating design solutions to urban problems, the program has established itself as a unique model that initiates viable, meaningful change. For the past three years, the team has worked with a group in San Francisco on three events dubbed GOOD Design. Now that San Francisco-based group headed by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has taken the GOOD Ideas for Cities concept and run with it, producing their own spin on the initiative that goes beyond a single annual event.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Transforming Urban Trail Wayfinding

How to increase traffic on urban hiking and biking trails? Show how they fit into the larger transportation network with a transit-influenced map.

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Like many American cities, Dallas has invested in the health of its residents with a series of recreational hiking and biking trails. But without a comprehensive mapping and wayfinding system, the trails are all but invisible to a large portion of residents. How to increase activity on these vital recreational corridors? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Dallas, the Connect the Dots team found a way to not only make these hiking and biking trails more visible, they discovered a simple solution that would make the trails more useful to Dallas residents on a daily basis.

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