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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Using Public Art To Transform Chicago’s South Side

Plus: Nashville's measures to improve affordable housing, and growing coral on land to save reefs

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Using Public Art To Transform Chicago’s South Side

Plus: Nashville's measures to improve affordable housing, and growing coral on land to save reefs

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

Farming Coral On Land In Hopes Of Saving Reefs In The Ocean

Photo: FastCo.Exist

A startup called Coral Vita is helping to rebuild coral reefs around the world by pioneering a process called “micro-fragmenting.” The startup, which operates out of the Dominican Republic, uses micro-fragmenting to grow coral up to 50 times faster than the marine organism grows naturally. Coral Vita aims not only to restore the Dominican Republic’s coral reefs, but also to establish a new model for land-based coral growth and the restoration of coral reefs worldwide. (via FastCo.Exist)

Nashville Affordable Housing Advocates Score Two Victories

Photo: Next City

On Tuesday, Nashville’s Metro Council approved two measures that affordable housing advocates believe will increase the amount of affordable housing available throughout Tennessee’s capital city. One measure will provide up to $2 million in grants to developers who agree to build affordable housing units. The other measure will require developers of buildings with five or more units to include a certain percentage of affordable housing units in those buildings. (via Next City)

Building Up Chicago’s South Side Through Ambitious Art

Photo: CityLab

Artist and community organizer Theaster Gates is using his artwork to spearhead urban redevelopment throughout Chicago’s South Side. Gates’ works, which often appear on the walls and roofs of shuttered buildings and abandoned factories, have contributed to the $42 million that has recently been invested in the neighborhood. Perhaps most importantly, though, Gates is not alone in his endeavors: other artists have begun to erect artwork in similar locations throughout the South Side. (via CityLab)

Photo header: CityLab

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