City Government

The Accounting Burden for Spending Federal Stimulus Funds

Localities and states have a variety of challenges coming out of the pandemic. But one concern is widespread: how to stay on top of the financial reporting requirements of the American Rescue Plan Act.

New York City, California Mandate Vaccines for Public Employees

Public workers must receive the vaccine or submit to weekly testing starting Sept. 13, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom made a similar statement.

Route Fifty Presents: 10 Mayors to Watch

Our inaugural list recognizing local leaders who are tackling some of the most pressing issues facing cities.

Replacing a Government Employee Can Cost 150% of Worker's Salary

COMMENTARY | Public-sector organizations devote considerable resources to hiring, but they often overlook retention and its "evil twin" turnover. Analyzing data and acting on it can help.

How Cities are Using Data to Tackle Key Challenges

More than 50% of cities surveyed in a recent report say data analytics are enabling them to deliver services and expand programs more efficiently, effectively and equitably.

In One City, Residents Found a New Use For Scooters: Penis Graffiti

The vulgar drawings, made by tire skid marks, began appearing in Topeka, Kansas, shortly after the city partnered with Bird scooters on a pilot program.

Across the US, City Buildings Begin to Reopen

Some are opening their doors fully, others are beginning with appointment hours. Multiple weddings took place at San Francisco's city hall last week.

What Over 400 Local Leaders Want to See in an Infrastructure Deal

A new survey of mayors and other local elected officials reveals nearly universal support for certain types of investments. Others, including some Biden administration priorities, aren't as popular.

Garbage Truck Driver Shortage is Creating a Mess for Solid Waste Agencies

"As the weather warms up, the garbage is going to get more fragrant and it will be more important for governments to get on this,” says one industry official.

Cities Struggle With Housing Pressures As Pandemic Wanes

Local officials are highlighting affordable housing as a leading concern, according to a new National League of Cities report. “The median price for a single family unit is over $700,000, which is a 30% increase in less than a year," says one mayor.

As the Pandemic Subsides, Traffic is Creeping Back

A report from StreetLight Data found the average daily number of vehicle miles traveled was down 15% overall in 2020 but as of March has started to return to normal levels.

How Cities Can Reduce Violent Crime by Regulating Alcohol Sales

COMMENTARY | There are three straightforward steps that local leaders can take to address alcohol-fueled violence that has accelerated during the pandemic. 

Sick of Dangerous City Traffic? Remove Left Turns

COMMENTARY | Left turns are dangerous and cause a lot of unnecessary traffic.

Ohio Lawmakers Approve Bill to Allow Teleworkers to Seek Commuter Tax Refunds

The issue of how to tax remote workers has been debated in several states, including New Hampshire, which filed a federal lawsuit against Massachusetts over the practice.

How Cities Are Using Citizen Feedback to Guide Federal Relief Spending

There’s a wide range of possibilities for how the $350 billion in funding can be used. “We really wanted to understand how the community was thinking in terms of investment versus recovery,” says one city official.

Survey Highlights Factors that Motivate People to be Vaccinated

Cities are using the data to address Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in their communities.

Cities, States Providing Legal Aid to Stave off Post-Covid Evictions

Louisville, Kentucky became the latest city to pass a right to counsel law that will guarantee legal representation for low-income renters. At least 11 states are considering similar measures.

How Parking Destroys Cities

COMMENTARY | Parking requirements attack the nature of the city itself, subordinating density to the needs of the car.

His Son Died by Suicide. So This City Employee Made Suicide Prevention His Job.

Rick Padilla, suicide prevention administrator for Denver, works to help kids speak—and be heard—about their struggles with mental health. His efforts have lead to city initiatives and state legislation.

Local Governments Expect to Embrace Some—But Not All—Technology Post-Pandemic, Survey Finds

Eighty-one percent of local leaders in The Atlas survey said they conducted board meetings virtually, but only 54% expect to continue the practice. Others, including digital permitting, community engagement and citizen requests, are likely here to stay.