City Government

A Local Leader On Guard Against Preemption in a State That’s a Hotbed For It

“These legislators are doing things without even speaking to, or thinking about, local governments,” says the city commissioner.

We Shouldn’t Wait for a Crisis like Coronavirus to Fund Public Health

COMMENTARY | During emergencies, state and local agencies will be lauded for their efforts and suddenly flush with funding. But then the money disappears. It’s time to break that cycle.

Using Data to Ensure Equitable Funding for Parks

Cities are beginning to use data to allocate funding to parks in low-income and blighted neighborhoods that haven't seen investment for years, a new report found.

Financial Pressure From Rent is Moving Up the Income Ladder

"Ultimately, we're in a rental affordability crisis,” says a researcher who worked on a new report that looks at this and other rental housing trends.

From Worcester to Anaheim, Cities Embrace the Role of Poet Laureate

Cities of all sizes are appointing poets laureate, a typically volunteer position tasked with promoting culture, art and the written word within a community.

Whistleblowing Isn't Just a Federal Issue

COMMENTARY | An interview about the first comprehensive study of state whistleblower laws and how states protect—or don’t protect—people who report wrongdoing.

'The Mayor Can Set The Tone': How City Leaders Respond to Mass Shootings

Mayors who have seen their cities go through mass shootings discuss how to recover from—and whether it's possible to prepare for—tragedy.

From School Outreach to Hip Hop: How Mayors Plan to Boost Census Participation

The 2020 Census count will begin nationally in March and mayors are working to get the message out that every resident needs to be counted.

Mayors Seek Solutions to Recycling Crisis

Industry representatives said companies are hungry for recyclables, despite China’s loss of appetite. But they said cities need to help residents decrease contamination and can do so through education campaigns and better infrastructure.

Census Talk with an Arizona Mayor

Mesa Mayor John Giles is an active participant in his city's census preparation and was an outspoken critic of a proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 survey.

Vast Majority of Mayors Believe Their Cities Are Too Car-Oriented, Survey Finds

But the city leaders also voice skepticism of cutting back on public parking or lowering speed limits.

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Cities Will Save Democracy, but Only If We Measure It

COMMENTARY | Cities have become the gatekeepers of democracy. Creating a new index to measure democracy in cities may help save the institution globally.

Pension Cuts May Pose Special Risks For Public Workers Not Covered by Social Security

About 5 million state and local workers are outside of the federal retirement program.

These Are The Most Highly Regulated Housing Markets

A new study finds that a number of coastal metropolitan areas have some of the most stringent guidelines for residential development.

The Water Safety Conundrum

Water infrastructure is in desperate need of repair. When will federal, state and local officials come up with the money to fix it?

Big Cities Mostly Prepared to Weather Next Recession, Report Says

Chicago and Detroit are outliers, least able to withstand a recession, among the big cities examined by Moody's, which looked at how prepared cities are when a downturn comes.

The Downtown Highway That Could Drive Hartford’s Comeback

The Connecticut capital has been using zoning and transit reforms to stage a downtown recovery. But there’s one big thing in the way: an aging interstate.

What Stands Between Young People and Local Government Jobs?

COMMENTARY | Many millennials or members of Generation Z are interested in meaningful work that can help improve people’s lives, but they don’t necessarily see government jobs in that light.

Don’t Toss That E-Cig: Vaping Waste Is A Whole New Headache For Schools And Cities

In Boulder, Colorado, school custodians are dealing with vaping litter, while city staffers are trying to educate people about not just dumping e-cigarette components in the trash.

One of the Largest U.S. Library Systems Just Eliminated Late Fees

The Los Angeles Public Library will eliminate fees for overdue items this spring, joining a growing number of library systems that have identified fines as barriers to access for low-income residents.