Puerto Rico's Blackout Is Now the Second-Worst in History

If you look at the number of hours customers lost access to electricity stemming from a single event, the disruption from Hurricane Maria has been massive.

San Francisco’s 100,000 Light Bulb Giveaway

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mississippi governor orders county-owned bridges closed … Kentucky’s new pension law … mapping Alaska’s thawing permafrost … and N.Y.C., Salt Lake City selected for wireless research testing.

Why Cities Should Jump at the Chance to Add Cell Towers to Streetlights

COMMENTARY | In a contributed piece, the authors suggest compromises and efficiencies to ensure cities do not get left behind in the 5G revolution.

To Tackle the Opioid Epidemic, Look to the Sewers

At a civic tech pitch led held by mayors at SXSW, innovators put forward solutions to pressing problems facing cities.

House Panel Chairman: Stop the 'Shotgun' Approach to Infrastructure

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, who leads a House infrastructure subcommittee, explained to Route Fifty why he's not quite ready to talk about raising new revenues for public works.

House and Senate Lawmakers Look to Boost Water and Sewer Financing

Sen. John Boozman, an Arkansas Republican, says new legislation is meant to help communities "of all sizes, in every state secure loans so they can improve their crumbling infrastructure."

The Humble Curb Is Fast Becoming the City’s Hottest Asset

Digitizing curbs is “something that has benefit today, benefit in the future, and doesn’t require so much investment from cities that they can’t do it today.”

Worker-Training Issue Leaves Show Me State Vulnerable This Winter

An important part of the snow-removal process: People to operate the plows.

With ‘Bomb Cyclone,’ Boston Points Residents to This Important Map

Before citizens can help the city keep fire hydrants and catch basins clear of snow, they first need to know where they’re located.

‘Waiting on an Opportunity to Work With the Administration’ on Infrastructure

State and local groups start 2018 awaiting the White House’s long-promised public works package.

The High Costs of Atlanta’s Massive Airport Power Outage

As the general manager of the world’s busiest air hub vows to fix redundancy and communication problems, Delta Airlines plans to seek tens of millions in compensation.

How Puerto Rico Is Rebuilding Its Network 3 Months After Maria

Puerto Rico's post-Maria communications effort could serve as a disaster-response playbook for other governments.

Syracuse Mayor Discusses How Tech and Data Intersect on Her City’s Streets

As she prepares to leave office, Stephanie Miner looks back on an innovation-focused municipal agenda and where cities are going in the Trump era.

The Republican Who Left Congress to Drain an Actual Swamp

Former Representative Candice Miller gave up a senior post in the House to manage the drains and sewers of Macomb County, Michigan. She has no regrets.

Elon Musk and Puerto Rico’s Governor Want to Rebuild the Island’s Grid the Tesla Way

Can Puerto Rico build a state-of-the-art, renewable, distributed electric system better prepared to take on the needs of the island, and any future disasters?

San José Innovation Challenge Leads to Graffiti-Cleaning Drone

The next round of the contest will look at how the city can improve the way it orders evacuations ahead of serious flooding.

Harvey's Floodwaters Cut Off City’s Water Supply

The storm has turned most of Beaumont, Texas into “an island,” isolating a city of 120,000 residents, many who now find themselves scrambling for water.

Using GIS Mapping for On-the-Ground Situational Awareness During the Eclipse

A massive influx of visitors to places along the “path of totality” is a public safety challenge and operational challenge.

City Learns Costly Lesson About the ‘Quick, Cheap Way’ to Build

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | There’s no budget contingency plan in South Dakota; Iowa DOT graphic designer hurt by public’s complaints; and “Baltimore has had more than enough time to think” about Confederate statue removal.