State Government Civics Survey Leaves Many People Stumped

A striking number of respondents couldn't answer questions about their elected officials, or the mechanics of state government.

Cities Seek to Align ‘Opportunity Zone’ Capital With Local Priorities

"There's a lot of work to do here that tax-advantaged capital will not do by itself,” says urban policy expert Bruce Katz.

Detroit’s Long-Term Budget Stability Finds Firmer Fiscal Footing

“Eliminating this debt cliff removes another major roadblock for Detroit’s long-term recovery,” according to Mayor Mike Duggan.

Arsonist Attempts to Set Mayor’s SUV on Fire

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | State capitals in transition … Denver’s proposed e-scooter rule changes … and W.Va. first responder vaccinations.

Marijuana Gets Attention as Possible Subway Funding Source

New York City's mass transit system has been facing financial stress and service problems. Could legalizing pot help?

Firing Leads to Confusing ‘Three-Day Misadventure’ at New York City Hall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Michael total estimated insured losses … Alaska’s new governor sworn in … and Berkeley’s old city hall will be used as homeless shelter.

Anchorage Counts Its Blessings After Dodging a Significant Catastrophe

A culture of preparedness and good fortune helped Alaska’s largest city avoid a major quake disaster.

South Bend’s Mayor on What Local Governments Can Learn From Estonia

The Indiana city’s new mobility-as-a-service pilot is helping low-income shift workers commute for free.

Surveying the Public in a City Being Used as Federal Drone Testing Site

Taking the temperature of San Diego residents before UberEats starts deploying delivery drones to the skies.

When Elon Musk Tunnels Under Your Home

The billionaire is drilling for futuristic transit under Los Angeles. He didn’t have to ask the neighbors first.

Another City Adopts a $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Nearly one-third of workers in St. Paul, Minnesota will be seeing pay increases, eventually.

Public Access Channels Threatened Under FCC Proposal, Advocates Say

Proponents, however, argue changes are needed because localities charge licensing fees at the expense of cable companies’ efforts to expand broadband access.

Every City Should Have a Toy Library

The “toyery” once made play a part of civic infrastructure. It’s time to bring it back.

Connecting People Without Internet Access In Silicon Valley

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Shireen Santosham and Team, Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation & City Manager’s Office of Civic Innovation & Digital Strategy, City of San José, California

A Smart City Is an Accessible City

A new breed of accessibility apps can make life easier for people with disabilities. They can also make it harder.

Opponents of Strong-Mayor Vote Fear ‘Dangerous Concentration of Power’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hawaii rape kit backlog successes … more cases of acute flaccid myelitis confirmed … and crowded commuter trains in Connecticut.

Mayor Deployed to Afghanistan Killed in ‘Apparent Inside Attack’

Brent Taylor’s final Facebook post: “I hope everyone back home exercises their right to vote. We have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us."

Pittsburgh Awaits Trump as City Grieves ‘11 Neighbors Stolen From Us’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Wrong-way driving research … Calif. vaccination rate … an Ohio city’s antiquated lie detector rule … and Peoria’s budget woes.