Here's how one city's plan to pay panhandlers for work is doing a year later.

Giving panhandlers a day's work is proving to be a win-win situation.

In May 2015, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry decided to help panhandlers looking for an honest day's work earn a little money.

Upworthy reported on the There's a Better Way program a few months after it launched, but the results now — after just 14 months — are truly astounding.

The program was created after Berry noticed panhandlers around the city were being fined, which clearly wasn't helping them or the city because they couldn't pay their fines. Instead of financially penalizing them, the There's A Better Way program has vans that drive around the city looking for panhandlers and offering them a day's work helping to beautify the community.

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Imagine a futuristic landscape where gleaming silver spires lined with effervescent lights rise like fabricated flowers from a green, expansive plain, stretching up toward the sun...

Probably not what comes to mind when you think about Africa, huh?

You might be surprised to learn that the second largest continent on the planet is also home to some of the world's most futuristic cities — and there are plans to build even more.

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