'Dumping the Pump' to Promote Public Transit

Across the country, more than 150 transit systems are promoting ridership and thanking customers as part of the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day, an initiative by the American Public Transportation Association.

What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America

The hyperlocal social-media platform highlights small grievances—and proves that neighbors have more in common than they think.

Houston Officials May Try to Foil Trump Plans for ‘Tender Age’ Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | D.C. voters approve measure to eliminate tipped minimum wage … Del. blood emergency … and a Calif. mayor ends up with 5,000 purple water bottles.

Cities Form New Racial Equity Network With Private Sector

The commitment has its origins in a 2016 research initiative addressing structural racism in five jurisdictions.

Thinking About How to Manage L.A.’s Future Drone-Filled Skies

“When that airspace becomes more complicated, ‘just don’t hit anything’ isn’t going to be enough,” according to Seleta Reynolds, the general manager of the L.A. Department of Transportation.

Boston Tightens Regulatory Screws on Airbnb

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco mayor’s election is resolved … St. Louis airport privatization … Alaska governor uses line-item veto … and a “funny looking” but dangerous foam in Michigan.

Seattle Leaders Set to Retreat After ‘Head Tax’ Furor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Colo. wildfires … San Francisco mayoral race still in limbo … Lyme disease on Staten Island … and Va. Beach council members want city manager fired.

Mayors Get a Crash Course on What Resonates With Millennials

A polling guru offered the city leaders advice on how to communicate with younger constituents.

Texas Town Uses 'Public-Pizza Partnership' to Fix an All Too Common Problem

“In my six years of local government, ‘Paving for Pizza’ is the coolest project I have worked on,” according to a town administrator.

‘You Cannot Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps If You Have No Boots At All’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California announces major illegal fireworks bust; Minneapolis’ public records challenge … Iowa’s honeybees make comeback … and Portland’s recycling struggles.

Ranking the ‘Worst Connected’ Cities in the U.S.

This National Digital Inclusion Alliance report isn’t something the local Chamber of Commerce is likely going to put in promotional materials.

Making Tulsa More Resilient Means Wrestling With the City’s Racist Past

Disparities persist long after the largest race-based massacre in U.S. history.

Observing the Promise—and Annoyances—of Scooter-Share Systems

As San Francisco and other cities temporarily ban electric scooters, regulations are a work in progress.

Pennsylvania’s ‘Johnstown Flood Tax’ May End Up Helping Johnstown Again

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Judge orders LePage to act on Maine Medicaid expansion … no big shakeup expected under Missouri’s new governor … and Baltimore’s unofficial sewage overflow.

City Leaders Envision Future With Driverless Cars

Autonomous vehicles promise increased equity and efficiency, but a new report says governments need to make sure the right policies are regulating them.

5G Aesthetics Prove a Balancing Act for Cities Like Palo Alto

Small cell deployments by wireless infrastructure providers are often less of a partnership with municipalities than they appear.

After a Major Cyber Attack, Does the Public Deserve an Explanation?

The ransomware that crippled Atlanta raises unanswered questions about how to communicate with citizens after a cyber-attack.

The Difficult Balance of Transparency and Privacy for Local Governments

“Risk will never be zero so it has to be actively managed,” according to Jason Lally, data services manager for the city and county of San Francisco.

‘Government Is What We Do Together That We Can’t Do Alone’

As civic technologists gather for this year’s Code for America Summit, there are some key themes worth repeating.