Inclusive Government

States Are Making Periods Easier with Free Menstrual Products in School Bathrooms

New Hampshire just became the fourth state to ensure bathrooms in public middle and high schools will offer free pads and tampons.

No More ‘Manhole’ and ‘Manpower’ for This City

Under new rules in Berkeley, California, the municipal code will be changed to eliminate gender references.

Second Bloomberg Mayoral Initiative Is Its Most Diverse Yet

St. Paul, Minnesota’s first black mayor shared his biggest takeaways from the program opener.

When Push Comes to Shove, Here Are Local Leaders' Priorities

Route Fifty asked local government officials what is most important to their communities’ future. Their answers may surprise you.

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.

Turning Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Into an Inclusive One

“When you make the case properly, people are willing to pay into the system that reflects them.”

Instantaneously Linking 3-1-1 Callers to Translators

With its Language Access Plan, Pittsburgh’s goal is “to assist all residents and to provide access to all resources.”

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.

Public Spaces and Local Democracy

COMMENTARY | The ongoing political battle over Civil War monuments—and the public spaces they reside in—reflects a disconnect over civic expression and our public spaces.

State Legislatures—And Careers—Are Shaped by Gender Bias

A new analysis of 25,000 careers in state legislatures suggests women are being pigeonholed into “women’s issues,” and passed over for key roles in favor of their male counterparts.

A Focus on Inclusion From Mayors

Columbia, S.C. Mayor Stephen Benjamin: “If we don’t speak to that as a strength every single day, then we’re missing out on what it takes for us to be a competitive and prosperous city well into the 21st century.”

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This City Is Making Climate Action Affordable for Low-Income Residents

“You don’t need to drive a Tesla to benefit from the green dividend,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Does Columbia, S.C.’s Rebrand Go Far Enough?

Becoming an inclusive, international city requires more than a title change.

Racist ‘Chicago Safari’ Emails Spawn Illinois Government Investigation

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Boulder’s bear problem; a Charlotte sit-in; San Diego’s losing Styrofoam venture

Boston’s Unparalleled Effort to Incorporate Racial Equity Into Urban Planning

“To be a strong city, we must learn to understand one another, break down the systemic racism of our history, and advocate for the rights of every Bostonian,” Mayor Marty Walsh said.

Charlotte Is Among 5 Cities Developing More Inclusive Procurement

“We know that diverse and equitable communities tend to be more economically and civically vibrant and experience more growth,” said a Living Cities employee of its latest City Accelerator cohort.

Texas Republicans Attempt to Regulate Transgender Bathroom Use Without the Economic Blowback

Whether they pull it off will depend on how Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick responds to the House’s decision to let local nondiscrimination ordinances stand.

New Orleans Mayor Continues Work to Remove Confederate Monuments

Mayor Mitch Landrieu made sure work was completed as fast as possible to prevent state preemption

A New Kind of Park Along Memphis’ Waterfront

RiverPlay highlights the city’s effort to connect its civic assets to promote integration.

Cities Are Fighting to Close the Pay Gap–But States Are Standing in the Way

In a contributed article, National League of Cities' Christiana McFarland outlines how state preemption of local laws may be adding to the wage gap.