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The closely watched experiment is coming to an end. New Orleans Public Schools will now act both as a charter school authorizer and an old-fashioned school district.

How to Build a Better Bike-Share Program

When corporate owners ditched New Orleans's bike share, the community stepped up to rebuild it with a focus on equity.

The Federal Program to Rebuild After Hurricane Katrina Shortchanged the Poor. New Data Proves It

For years, low-income residents of New Orleans have said the state’s Road Home program paid them less to rebuild their homes compared to wealthier residents. They were right.

With $1B at Stake, Clashes Emerge Over Highway Removal

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New Orleans Leans Into Data to Reduce Over Incarceration

A $474K grant will provide the city with data and analytic assistance to address racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal legal system.

The 311 Lifeline: How Governments Enhanced Call Centers During the Pandemic

State and municipal governments established special hotlines or expanded the type of services residents could access through 311 call centers during the pandemic.

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Biden Names Intergovernmental Affairs Chief

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Black Homeowners Pay More Than ‘Fair Share’ in Property Taxes

Many tax assessors still routinely saddle Black and minority residents with property tax bills that are too high given the value of their homes.

Concerts and Sporting Events Could Be Canceled Until 2021, Mayors Say

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A City Could Wipe Away 55,000 Old Warrants

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What New Orleans Can Teach Other Cities About Reducing Homelessness

New Orleans slashed its homelessness numbers by 90% over a decade but has hit a plateau.

Denver Voters Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

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Integrating Data Into City Hall

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A World-Class Airport for the End of the World

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Mayors More Likely to Perceive Discrimination Nationally than Locally, Report Says

The survey, released by the National League of Cities, is based on interviews with 115 mayors from 39 states.

In New Orleans, Using Administrative Data to Save Lives

Local governments collect reams of data, but much of it goes unused. New Orleans shows how cities can tap into this data to reduce EMS response times.

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