City Government

The Latest Republican State Laws Undercutting Democratic Cities

States have used preemption to undermine local authority on public school curriculum, LGBTQ civil rights, Covid-19 related health measures and voting rights, according to a new report.

Supreme Court Sides Against Boston in Christian Flag Dispute

The case centered on the First Amendment and a flagpole outside of City Hall.

How Data-driven Policies Can Help States and Localities

Officials say that following the numbers and looking at evidence has proven useful in tackling a range of equity issues and with steering clear of partisan fights.

Facing Violent Threats and Abuse, State and Local Officials Are Calling It Quits

It's fueling concerns that qualified people may abandon or avoid public service. "That’s a big price to pay," warns one expert.

How Cities are Tapping Federal Aid to Make Major Tech Upgrades

Some of the spending is geared towards adding online access to services like building permits and dog licenses. Other investments focus on areas like remote meetings and cybersecurity.

Biden is Doubling Down on a Push to Roll Back Single-Family Zoning Laws

A $10 billion proposal in the president's budget would use federal grants as an incentive to spur changes with the local rules, which critics blame for stifling affordable housing and fueling racial inequities.

The Promise and Pitfalls of Tearing Down an Urban Freeway

There’s growing interest and new federal money for removing highways running through city neighborhoods. But when it comes to reviving communities, what replaces the roads may matter just as much as demolishing them.

5 Things Local Governments Need to Know About Short-term Vacation Rentals

COMMENTARY | Short-term rentals have presented major policy and tax questions for cities and counties. Here are the key considerations for local leaders.

The Most ‘Dynamic’ American Cities

Despite the pandemic, these places remain resilient because of a mix of tech jobs, outdoor activities, the presence of a state capital and more, according to a recent report.

Here are 10 of the Most Fashionable Mayors in the US

Leading a city government can involve all kinds of political and policy challenges, but these mayors are doing the job in style.

The Census Missed Some Folks. These Cities Want Them Counted

“Cities should not be punished for the unprecedented pandemic.”

Successful Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Public Employees

Some department vacancies are 20% to 30%, but governments are making headway filling positions and keeping workers with signing bonuses as high as $20,000 and big hourly wage hikes.

Tackling the Tough-to-Solve 'Culture' Problem Many City Leaders Face

Shifting "organizational culture," the unwritten rules that dictate how work gets done, can be incredibly difficult in city halls. A new guide from a team of NYU professors aims to help change that.

Invasive Insects Will Kill 1.4M Trees Across the US

Replacing trees attacked by the East Asian beetle, which has invaded 35 states, could cost $900 million, one report shows.

Federal Pandemic Aid is Providing a Boost to City Housing Programs

City officials are tapping American Rescue Plan Act dollars to expand affordable housing and reduce homelessness, challenges that predate Covid-19 but that were also heightened by it.

Mayors Call on Congress to Extend Expiring Pandemic Era Food Aid

Millions could lose food stamp benefits with the end of the federal Covid-19 public health emergency this summer.

The Rise of Tiny House Villages in the Fight Against Homelessness

More cities are turning to the small-sized structures as an alternative to group shelters. But critics have likened them to "sheds" that fall well short of permanent affordable housing.

Mayor Snagged in WhatsApp Debate

Use of the encrypted messaging app by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration rekindles discussion over apps that allow officials to skirt the spirit, if not the letter, of open records laws.

To Republicans, State Surpluses and ‘Liberal Spending’ Illustrate ARPA Was ‘Reckless’

Mayors and county officials, though, tell House lawmakers that the funds provided much-needed pandemic relief for businesses and individuals.

City Leaders Back Biden in Controversy Over Infrastructure Spending

Local transportation officials praised the administration’s focus on how public works dollars could further environmental and social goals, despite pushback from state DOTs and Republicans.