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    Marie Kamali, center left, a community art instructor leads an art class for kids in Pogo Park in Richmond, Calif., Monday Nov. 6, 2017.

    The Iron Triangle in Richmond, California, has historically been one of the poorest neighborhoods in the heart of one of the poorest cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    The Elm Play Lot a decade ago was a symbol of such urban decline with broken wine bottles littering the asphalt.

    But 10 years later grass has sprouted, along with a garden, play structures, barbecues, a zip-line and even a small creek. Children dip their toes in the burbling water, if they aren’t too distracted by classes in art, chess, gardening and much more, NBC News reported.

    A non-profit called Pogo Park's efforts there and elsewhere in the city could be a model for urban innovation, experts say. They let residents, not bureaucrats, decide what they need.

    Toddler Towed With Car, Left in Freezing Lot Overnight

    [NATL] Toddler Towed With Car, Left in Freezing Wisconsin Lot Overnight

    A 4-year-old girl was left alone inside a minivan overnight in a Milwaukee tow lot, authorities said. An impaired driver was pulled over and arrested for operating while intoxicated. Officers removed a 10-month-old child from the vehicle but left the 4-year-old girl, who spent the night in the tow lot where temperatures dropped to 19 degrees.

    (Published 4 hours ago)

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