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A database to keep Los Angeles from forgetting itself

By Nate Berg LOS ANGELES, United States — The heritage of a city is often measured by its historic buildings — its cathedrals, its monuments, its ancient structures of stone and clay. For cities like Paris or Rome, with hundreds and thousands of years of history, it’s...

Is this office the future of government work?

by Frances Heewon Cha SEOUL, South Korea — The red-brick low rise building on a quiet side street in this bustling city doesn’t look like much on the outside. But the sleek offices inside have completely changed Chung-won Lee’s quality of life. Editors note: This...

How Helsinki mashed up “open data” with regionalism

HELSINKI, Finland — If there’s something you’d like to know about Helsinki, someone in the city administration most likely has the answer. For more than a century, this city has funded its own statistics bureaus to keep data on the population, businesses,...

Going “garbage-free” is not easy in Bangalore

By Sumit Chakraberty BANGALORE, India — As 38-year-old Annamma holds up her government-issued ID card, she can’t stop grinning. She has come a long way from her childhood on the streets: rootless, homeless, faceless. She grew up with four siblings and one name,...

In Dakar, paving streets with many hands and few machines

By Tidiane Kassé and Aminatou Diop DAKAR, Senegal — A small crew of young men and women are fast at work in the Place de l’Obélisque, turning the central square of this capital city from a wide patch of asphalt and sand sidewalks into a colorfully paved plaza. Editors...
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