The RND Meeting House, erected by Chicago's Sweet Water Foundation.

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Next City’s 19 Best Solutions of 2019

From St. Louis’s equity analysis to studying bell hooks in prison to free childcare at city meetings, a look back at the stories that inspired us this year.

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Every day, the editorial staff at Next City works with our writers to amplify stories of equitable change in cities. The people who do this work — and the people who write about it — are a constant source of inspiration. So in celebration of these solutions, we’ve gathered 19 of the year’s best ideas into our Solutions of the Year print magazine. This 80-page special issue highlights the programs, people, and projects that are making cities more equitable and sustainable. We’re really proud of how this issue turned out.

In this gallery, we capture what inspired us most about each story. (The stories are numbered for navigation purposes, and are not intended as rankings in any way.)

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Thank you for your support. Here’s to another year of spreading the word about equitable change in cities.

Gallery: The 19 Best Solutions of 2019

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