Crime and Murder Rates Drop in Most Big Cities

While the trend isn’t universal, Brennan Center for Justice research findings “definitively reject any claims” of the nation being in a “crime wave.”

How Baltimore and Tulsa Are Using Data to Foster Community

“The great thing people need to understand about data—and this was the incorrect understanding I had at first—is it is not about efficiency,” said Tulsa’s mayor.

Investing in Your Employees' Best Ideas

COMMENTARY | "Baltimore put money down on its own creativity and has raked in results. Other cities should make the same bet," writes former Baltimore budget director Andrew Kleine, previewing his new book.

When Nuisance Flooding Becomes More of a Nuisance

Observations of a climate change tourist along Baltimore’s low-lying waterfront.

Instead of Razing Buildings, Some Cities Want to Reuse Their Bones

Cities across the country are looking at whether blighted buildings can be "deconstructed" instead of demolished, and whether this can help to create local jobs.

Seattle, Baltimore Take on the Housing Affordability Crisis

The former has houses selling for $820,000 on average, while the latter is saddled with about 16,500 boarded up homes.

‘Sanctuary Cities’ Are Working in the Trump Era, But at a Surprising Cost

Federal immigration officials say that in sanctuary cities, they have little choice but to carry out enforcement activities in neighborhoods and other community locations, even though it is not an efficient use of their time or resources.

‘We’re Not Disbanding the Police Department’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A penny-per-pill opioid fee proposal; more waste-storage eyed for Detroit; a new plan to close Rikers Island in N.Y.C.; and Utah shows off its new connected vehicle corridor.

The Baltimore Police Department Is Badly Broken

This week a detective gave stunning testimony about abuses by the city’s gun-trace task force and an officer was charged with fabricating evidence.

Here’s Why The House Tax Bill Is ‘Devastating to Economic Development at the State and Local Levels’

Developing Port Covington in Baltimore shows the power of public-private partnerships; there is no reason we should be taking financing options off the table.

Cities Enlist ‘Doulas’ to Reduce Infant Mortality

Research suggests that doula-assisted mothers are less likely to deliver babies with low birth weights or birth complications, and more likely to breast-feed their infants.

Baltimore Mayor’s Advice for Removing Confederate Monuments: ‘Do It Quietly and Quickly’

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Health disparities in Houston; Michigan state worker retirees worry about public records request; and Milwaukee builds notable water tech sector.

What 3 U.S. Mayors Think Cities Will Be Like in 2030

The mayors of Baltimore, Boston and Denver weighed in on major issues their cities are facing at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 85th annual meeting.

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.

Visualizing Baltimore’s Food Deserts

By identifying where food access is poor, government agencies and nonprofits can better allocate resources.

Feds Tell Judge They Have ‘Grave Concerns’ With Baltimore Police Consent Decree

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Rural Texas lawmakers target bullet train; agency criticized for not spending money quickly enough; Newark mayor calls ICE deputization efforts “unconstitutional and un-American.”

Trump Administration Reviewing Federal Police Reform Agreements With Cities

The U.S. attorney general appears to be testing the waters on a rollback of Obama-era consent decrees and law enforcement civil rights accountability and training.

Trump Budget Would ‘Erode’ State and Local Emergency Preparedness and Response

Baltimore’s mayor, along with state and local emergency managers and first responders, didn’t hesitate to speak out against trading disaster mitigation funding for a border wall.

How Cash Bail Keeps the Poor in Jail

Inability to pay bail is often the only reason a pretrial defendant stays behind bars.