Wringing Out New Truths From Data: Tracking Social Progress in Cities

Urban designers are ready to help cities learn from each other, combing through data both old and new.

Enthusiastically Embracing a Job Never Finished

Ahead of Route Fifty’s “City in Beta” event, San Jose Deputy City Manager Kip Harkness outlines how the city is working to become “as innovative as the Silicon Valley population we serve.”

Highlighting Every Census Tract, One by One in Numerical Order

Exploring U.S. geography through a jigsaw puzzle of community snapshots.

To Tackle the Opioid Epidemic, Look to the Sewers

At a civic tech pitch led held by mayors at SXSW, innovators put forward solutions to pressing problems facing cities.

Stop Saying 'Smart Cities'

Digital stardust won’t magically make future cities more affordable or resilient.

Oakland’s Website Overhaul Is Underway

A new Design League embedded with city departments is helping identify which services to digitize.

A Tech-Enabled Effort to Fight Census Undercounting in San José

There’s a Jan. 15 deadline for localities to update their residential address lists for the U.S. Census Bureau.

Smart Cities Are Great. Human-centric Cities Are (Again) the Future

These days, huge capital investments are no longer required to put cities on the map.

Here’s a New Playbook for Municipal Civic Tech Projects

The guide was compiled based on lessons learned in Austin, Louisville and Raleigh.

New Mapping Tool Helps Chattanoogans Explore Their City’s Data

"Open data has a tremendous ability to break down barriers and empower communities,” according to Mayor Andy Berke.

A Playbook for User-Centered Hiring

A new analysis of government hiring found the "very people they need to make government more responsive to the public are the people driven away by the poor user experience."

San Francisco's New Bike Racks Are Self-Aware

They make security cameras take your picture and cry for help if somebody is stealing your bike.

After Ferguson, Civic Tech Collaborative Helps Residents Navigate Convoluted Criminal Justice System

In St. Louis County, residents—and black residents in particular—often find themselves drowning in questionable fines and fees. Enter YourSTLCourts.

What Data-Driven Mayors Don't Get

In an age of growing alienation from civic institutions, the technocrats running many American cities don’t understand what old-style political machines once delivered.

New York's Pursuit of a More Useful App Contest

After drawing criticism from the tech community, the city redefines how government app competitions can work efficiently.

Our Cities Are Getting Smarter And You Probably Didn’t Even Notice

Cities don’t need to implement every single connected solution to be considered “smart.”

‘Equity Is Critical to Oakland’s Resilience’

Disparities in educational and job opportunities across short distances have the city thinking about how it can improve underserved communities’ access to government services.

Confronted With Vacant Building Fires, Louisville Turns to Civic Hackers

A pilot program is getting underway in the Kentucky city this week to test new smoke detector devices developed by members of the local civic technology community.