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June 5, 2008

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Today on Smart City we’re talking about neighborhood change. We’ll speak with two people who are bringing change to their neighborhoods in very different ways.

Marty Sumner is the Chief of Staff of the High Point North Carolina Police Department. A decade ago, street-level drug dealing and criminal activity were rife on the streets on High Point North Carolina. The police force was both ineffectual and it had alienated the community. Major Sumner’s ground-breaking technique for getting drug-dealers off the streets has reduced violent crime and won the department a 2007 Harvard Innovations award.

And we’ll speak with Julia Kim. She’s the Executive Director of the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail. Her organization is striving to take an unused elevated train line on the west side of Chicago and turn it into a three-mile long park and walkway. We’ll talk to her about using this unconventional green space to connect neighborhoods.

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