A Focus on Inclusion From Mayors

Columbia, S.C. Mayor Stephen Benjamin: “If we don’t speak to that as a strength every single day, then we’re missing out on what it takes for us to be a competitive and prosperous city well into the 21st century.”

This City Is Making Climate Action Affordable for Low-Income Residents

“You don’t need to drive a Tesla to benefit from the green dividend,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Are Medicaid’s Payment Rates So Low They’re Discriminatory?

A suit in California says the state’s Medicaid program pays doctors so poorly, the mostly Hispanic patients that use the program aren’t getting timely access to quality medical care. Lawyers working on the case believe it is the first to sue Medicaid using a state anti-discrimination statute.

The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police

A Pew report shows that nearly a third of white Americans under the age of 30 have “cold” feelings for the police. Recent court rulings and decisions made by the Trump administration this year might help explain why.

Does Columbia, S.C.’s Rebrand Go Far Enough?

Becoming an inclusive, international city requires more than a title change.

Racist ‘Chicago Safari’ Emails Spawn Illinois Government Investigation

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Boulder’s bear problem; a Charlotte sit-in; San Diego’s losing Styrofoam venture

'Ban the Box' Laws Are Hurting Black Applicants

A Q&A with University of Virginia economist Jennifer Doleac, who studies crime and discrimination and thinks the policies are a quick fix to a larger problem.

Boston’s Unparalleled Effort to Incorporate Racial Equity Into Urban Planning

“To be a strong city, we must learn to understand one another, break down the systemic racism of our history, and advocate for the rights of every Bostonian,” Mayor Marty Walsh said.

Charlotte Is Among 5 Cities Developing More Inclusive Procurement

“We know that diverse and equitable communities tend to be more economically and civically vibrant and experience more growth,” said a Living Cities employee of its latest City Accelerator cohort.

States With Large Black Populations Are Stingier With Government Benefits

Research suggests that states with homogenous populations are more willing to spend on the safety net than those with higher shares of minorities.

Southern Schools Are Resegregating

Splintered school districts and the rise of charter schools are among the forces separating black and Latino students from their white counterparts.

When Cities Fought the Feds Over Apartheid

In 1986, the city of Baltimore battled the Reagan administration over its local anti-apartheid ordinances—and won. How they prevailed may have important lessons for cities trying to resist Trump today.

Texas Republicans Attempt to Regulate Transgender Bathroom Use Without the Economic Blowback

Whether they pull it off will depend on how Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick responds to the House’s decision to let local nondiscrimination ordinances stand.

New Orleans Mayor Continues Work to Remove Confederate Monuments

Mayor Mitch Landrieu made sure work was completed as fast as possible to prevent state preemption

A Texas Bill That Allows Adoption Agencies to Discriminate

Supporters say it backs religious freedom, and critics say it allows agencies to turn away parents based on religion or sexual orientation.

Quality of Internet Access Varies Wildly

Good-quality, affordable broadband is the difference between inclusion or exclusion from society.

A New Kind of Park Along Memphis’ Waterfront

RiverPlay highlights the city’s effort to connect its civic assets to promote integration.

Applying the 'Rooney Rule' to Cities

Pittsburgh will borrow a page from the NFL’s diversity playbook in order to get more people of color into leadership positions in city government.