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Kriston Capps

Management

This Is Why Puerto Rico Needs Statehood

With federal disaster relief lagging, residents of the devastated island territory have little say about what happens to them next.

Public Safety

The States Trying to Pass Laws Protecting Drivers Who Hit Protesters

After the Charlottesville attack, Republican lawmakers are seeking to distance their efforts to pass driver immunity legislation.

Management

New York City Guarantees a Lawyer to Every Resident Facing Eviction

The new law protecting low-income tenants is the first in the nation.

Management

D.C. Hosted a Hackathon for Making Better Paperwork. Try To Control Your Excitement.

D.C.’s new innovation lab wanted to redesign red tape, and the city’s wonks were eager to help.

Infrastructure

Los Angeles Will Get a Third Shot at the Summer Olympics

The city has until 2028 to figure out how to host the games without losing a bundle, as nearly all modern host cities have done.

Public Safety

Too Many People Are Calling 911. Here's a Better Way.

Memphis is working on an alternative for the expensive “you-call, we-haul” approach.

Finance

The Great Texas Pension Fix

Houston owes its police, fire, and city workers about $7.8 billion, and it doesn’t exactly have the cash on hand. Their hard-fought solution could serve as a model for the rest of Texas, and the nation.

News

A Florida Mayor Fights the Gun Lobby

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is taking on the state government over a “super preemption law” he calls a threat to democracy.

News

The Cities That Are Fighting Back Against State Intervention

From Cleveland to Birmingham, urban areas are finding ways to maintain local authority over everything from plastic-bag fees to minimum wage laws.

News

Earnings Are Rising, Along With the Damned Rent

New Census findings show an increase in incomes and a decrease in poverty, but the gains are centered in cities—where rents are rising.

News

Why Public Pension Funds Are Slow to Divest From Gun Manufacturers

It’s hard for cities to fund public pensions without supporting weapons and ammo manufacturers, even when they want to.

News

Boulder Will Host the First National 'YIMBY' Conference

More local-level policy wonks are saying “yes in my back yard” to density, transit, and change.

News

Cleveland Preparing for Violence at the Republican National Convention

The police department is buying 2,000 new sets of riot gear, even as it begins mandated reforms monitored by the Justice Department.

Infrastructure

A Sudden Federal U-Turn on Highway Sign Fonts

Attention state and local governments: Clearview is out, Highway Gothic is (back) in. And critics want to know why.

News

Donald Trump Banned From This City?

St. Petersburg's Mayor Rick Kriseman vowed to bar the presidential candidate "until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.”

Management

Mayors Want More Syrian Refugees Than Governors Do

Cities are bucking states when it comes to resettlement.

Infrastructure

Segregating Charlotte With 'Public Safety Zones'

Despite local law enforcement's abysmal record on race, a new proposal would see the department decide where arrestees can and cannot go.

Management

Is the Housing 'State of Emergency' Catching On?

Doing the right thing doesn't always come easy for local governments.

News

Ferguson's Fragile Housing State

Recovery is lagging behind the county's, state's and nation's.