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Vancouver, Canada - EcoDensity

The City of Vancouver has found space to add 45,000 residents, including 2,700 new children. Children are back by design and even building a new school to accommodate increase in students. Ecodensity encourages more people to live downtown and walk/bicycle frequently. Vancouver also boasts the only city in North America to reduce traffic congestion. Vancouver's success has earned a third place ranking in Best Cities in the World, featured article in City Mayors Environment.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee - First Things First

The civic leaders in Chattanooga founded First Things First in 1997, a community-wide initiative to revitalize the city beginning with the family. The program equips families with practical skills to have healthy marriages and raise children. Free weekly classes are offered at the Marriage and Family Resource Center to singles, engaged couples, married couples, unmarried expectant mothers, and fathers.

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Curitiba, Brazil - Urban Acupuncture

Jaime Lerner, three-time former mayor of Curitiba and architect, has an innovative approach to urban planning. He uses the term "urban acupuncture" to revitalize "pressure points" within the city. The response produces "positive ripple effects" throughout the community. Each person, from the smallest citizen on up, has a role in caring for the city. Lerner's family portrait analogy sums up his leadership philosophy. "You don't rip your family portrait. Your city is like your family portrait."

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