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Why Can’t We Party in the Street?

It’s getting more and more difficult for Americans to gather on public streets, out of joy or anger, and that’s a problem.

The Distortion street party in Denmark. Photo by ekvidi via Flickr

Over the last few months, we’ve been inundated with images of peaceful crowds of people clashing with police forces decked out in riot gear. The majority of images came from the Ferguson protests and some of the demonstrations that followed.

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The Upcycled City

How to take back the streets from cars and use them for parks, housing, and business instead

It’s undeniable: cars are awesome. Press a pedal, go 90 miles an hour. Magic, right? It’s little wonder that when folks saw the incredible progress cars would bring, they put all their chips in. They paved the way, quite literally, for the car-centric urban forms we know and tolerate today.

Could they have imagined a day when cities willingly give up car space for people?

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VIDEO: Meet Citizen Pete, the Awkward GOOD Samaritan

Here to bring you some ideas for how you can participate in the GOOD Fix Your Street Challenge is Citizen Pete, a throwback to the 90's public access

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Activists Undermine San Francisco's No Sitting Law with DIY Benches

San Francisco made sitting or lying on the sidewalk illegal, so a group of activists has started installing benches in public under cover of night.


Back in November, San Francisco voters passed a law criminalizing sitting and lying on sidewalks between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. This controversial "sit-lie ordinance" was supported by Mayor Gavin Newsom and by the Chamber of Commerce, because, they argued, having homeless people napping or resting on the streets makes them less hospitable to everyone else. Opponents of the law argued that it would simply give police license to harass the poor.

Now police are beginning to enforce the law, giving sitters and liers preliminary warnings, and even ticketing one "chronic relaxer." In response, a group of activists has started installing DIY benches on the streets, made with wood from discarded pallets, so homeless people can rest legally.

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On Skid Row: Kids

Franklin Arburtha carries the mantle of disenfranchised youth on Skid Row. But the deck is stacked against anyone who's lived here-especially...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=karPGdnqljEFranklin Arburtha carries the mantle of disenfranchised youth on Skid Row. But the deck is stacked against anyone who's lived here-especially the children. An original GOOD Video series. Part 2 of 5.

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