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Innovation and the City

Innovation and the City

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New York’s next mayor will need to address a number of critical challenges facing the city. This report spotlights 15 innovative policies from cities across the U.S. and around the globe that could serve as a model.

by Neil Kleiman, Adam Forman, Jae Ko, David Giles and Jonathan Bowles
New York’s next mayor will need to address a number of critical challenges facing the city. This report spotlights 15 innovative policies from cities across the U.S. and around the globe that could serve as a model.

by Neil Kleiman, Adam Forman, Jae Ko, David Giles and Jonathan Bowles

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InnovatIonand the CIty
New York’s next mayor will need to address a numberof critical challenges acing the city. This reportspotlights 15 innovative policies rom cities across theU.S. and around the globe that could serve as a model.
 June 2013www.nycuture.orgwww.wagner.nyu.edu/labs
 
This report was written by Neil Kleiman, Adam For-man, Jae Ko, David Giles, and Jonathan Bowles. Ad-ditional research by Adam Eckstein, Kahliah Laney,Christian Gonzalez-Rivera, Emily Laskodi, and Sa Liu.Design by Ahmad Dowla and Jae Ko.This research and report were made possible by gener-ous support rom Citi Community Development. Gen-eral operating support or Center or an Urban Futurehas been provided by the Bernard F. and Alva B. GimbelFoundation.Special thanks to Eileen Auld, Bethany Godsoe, ColleenSchwartzCoey and Michelle Ceran.
Cover image: tovovan/shutterstock.com 
Idea 1: UpdatIng 311 | Boston & ChICago
A More Responsive, Transparent & Participatory 311
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Idea 2:
KIndergarten to College savIngs | san FranCIsCo
Fostering a College-Going Culture & Allaying Rising Tuition Costs
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Idea 3: InnovatIon loan FUnd | ChICago
Loan Fund Seeds New Ideas at the Agency Level
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Idea 4:
peaK aCademy | denver
Sending Agency Staff to Innovation School
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Idea 5: projeCt oraCle | london
Measuring Impact in Human Services
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Idea 6: spaCehIve | london
Crowdsourcing Capital Projects
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Idea 7: Zero Waste | san FranCIsCo
A Comprehensive Approach to Increasing Recycling & Improving Waste Management
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IntrodUCtIon
Innovation and the CIty
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Idea 9: BUdget savIngs CommIssIon | ChICago
Private Firms Develop Mass Budget Savings
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Idea 10: open data | seattle & san FranCIsCo
A More Transparent, Inclusive & Collaborative Government
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Idea 11: CIty Id prepaId masterCard | oaKland
Municipal Identification & Debit Card
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Idea 12: aCCessory dWellIng UnIts & Basement ConversIons | seattle & santa CrUZ
Helping the Elderly to Comfortably & Affordably “Age in Place”
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Idea 13: prIZe-lInKed savIngs | mIChIgan
Incentivizing Savings Accounts in Underbanked Communities
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Idea 14: ImmIgrant export InItIatIve | los angeles & ChICago
Helping Immigrant-Run Businesses Grow through Exporting
Idea 15: CommUter tax BeneFIt | san FranCIsCo
Expanding Access to Federal Pre-Tax Transit Benefits
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Idea 8: dIgItal BadgIng | phIladelphIa, provIdenCe & ChICago
Creating an Alternative Assessment System for Out-of-School Programs
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The Wagner Innovation Labs are a part of the NYURobert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.They are a new series of experiments that marry theory and practice to promote inormed, evidence-based pol-icy-making in a complex world. Each Lab has its ownocus and approach, and operates independently, but allreflect NYU Wagner’s broad commitment to bringingscholars, thinkers and practitioners together to enrichthe policy-making process.www.wagner.nyu.edu/labsThe Center or an Urban Future is a NYC-based policy institute dedicated to highlighting the critical opportu-nities and challenges acing New York and other cities,and providing resh ideas and workable solutions topolicymakers. The Center’s primary ocus is on grow-ing and diversiying the local economy, expanding eco-nomic opportunity and targeting problems acing low-income and working-class neighborhoods.www.nycuture.org
 
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