Public Spaces and Local Democracy

COMMENTARY | The ongoing political battle over Civil War monuments—and the public spaces they reside in—reflects a disconnect over civic expression and our public spaces.

Public Spaces and Local Democracy

COMMENTARY | The ongoing political battle over Civil War monuments—and the public spaces they reside in—reflects a disconnect over civic expression and our public spaces.

Alaska Lawmakers Send United Message to Feds on Legal Weed

The recent action at the State Capitol in Juneau echoes sentiments nationally about the use and regulation of cannabis.

New York’s Double-Jeopardy Loophole

The state attorney general asked the legislature to change state law so that the president or his associates could be tried in New York even if pardoned under federal law.

Tens of Thousands of Fish Travel by Truck Between Great Lakes States

“There has to be a cooperative spirit or it just flat-out won’t work,” according to Ed Eisch, fish production program manager for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

5 U.S. Cities Named Finalists for Engaged Cities Award

These localities have done “significant work with citizens to tackle a public problem, clear evidence of impact, and potential to apply the strategy to other problems and geographies.”

A New Plot Twist in Cincinnati’s Ongoing City Hall Soap Opera

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mo. governor wants restraining order against state AG … Fla. bridge collapse prompts safety reviews elsewhere … Mich. is a PFAS hotspot … and Puerto Rico is without power, again.

The Glass-Half-Full Way to Prep for the State and Local ‘Silver Tsunami’

A single retirement or multiple departures of experienced staffers don’t necessarily need to be scary for public-sector organizations.

Colorado Localities Challenge Energy Giants With New Lawsuit

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Curbing Atlanta City Hall’s “culture of political interference” … N.Y.C. officials look to boost Airbnb enforcement … more GOP leaders want Mo. governor to resign … and Pa. Turnpike to get “delicious vegan cookies.”

Nearly a Third of the Contiguous U.S. Faces Drought Conditions

The specter of a drought-ridden summer has focused renewed urgency on state and local conservation efforts, some of which would fundamentally alter Americans’ behavior in how they use water.

L.A. Mayor: ‘We Do What Washington Can’t Seem to Get Done’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Toxic sludge site removed from EPA priorities list … West Virginia’s Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome numbers … city clerk says city manager threatened her … and D.C. public schools enrollment fraud.

Cautious Optimism From Marijuana States Following Senator’s Trump Assurance

But “this president has demonstrated a willingness to go back on his word,” according to Washington state’s attorney general.

In Most States, the Middle Class Is Now Growing — But Slowly.

The share of middle-class households grew more in Montana than in any other state between 2013 and 2016.

Q&A: Cities Must Look at Education 'Beyond the Schoolhouse Doors'

West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon is an evangelist for the idea that mayors can build a “cradle-to-career approach, but all of it outside of the classroom.”

Going BRAC-less: What to Do With the U.S. Military’s Excess Property

The Pentagon is offering an alternative to closing bases, and Congress should support it.

Investments in the Arts Strengthen Local Economies and Communities

Kate Levin, head of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Initiatives, explains why civic art is about more than simple beauty.

Route Fifty Turns 3 Years Old

Although we’ve evolved a bit since launching in April 2015, our editorial mission is in many ways the same.

Birmingham Mayor Makes Giant Leap Into His City

He’s not the first city hall leader make such an aerial arrival.

Atlanta Mayor Asks Her Entire City Hall Cabinet to Resign

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Good news for state DOTs; Calif.’s homeless college student crisis; awaiting new political bombshells in Mo.; and energy sector fuels new growth in N.D.

The White Men's Club Leading America's Largest Cities

The diversity of the country's urban centers is not reflected in City Hall: In the 15 biggest U.S. cities, all but three mayors are white men, and none are women.