Saving Urban Trees

This is a guest post by Dr. Gary Lovett, Senior Scientist and Forest Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.  When Asian longhorned beetles were first discovered in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2008, it came as a shock. “I knew our life was going to change,” said Patty Ruffini, then the United

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Los Angeles: My City, and City to the World

This is a guest post by Greg McGrath, Southern California Regional President, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas Los Angeles is my home. It’s a city that offers something for everyone. And it’s an abundance of diversity that is “home to the world.” Our communities wear their culture on their sleeves and our streets tell our city’s storied

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Rochester, New York – A Legacy of its Own

I was born and raised in Rochester, NY, a legacy city historically famous for being the birthplace of companies like Cunningham Stage Coach, Bausch and Lamb, Eastman Kodak Co. and Xerox.  First dubbed the “Young Lion of the West” thanks to our Erie Canal, we were one of America’s first boomtowns. Later, Rochester was referred

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Making Health Policy Consumer Friendly with Restaurant Grading

The Only Secret Should Be the Sauce By Dr. Jonathan Fielding Americans don’t just love to eat; we love to know about the foods we’re eating. Labels in restaurants increasingly inform the consumer about ingredients, calories, and even how animals have been raised. But good luck trying to find out if your restaurant choice fares

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How States and Cities Can Fight the Housing Crisis, Together

At first glance, the housing challenges in our two states couldn’t seem more different. California’s economy ranks as the world’s fifth largest and is home to several of the most expensive housing markets in the nation. Michigan, on the other hand, is often cited as the standard for rust belt decline. Its major cities and

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What Do Local Leaders Need to Know about the FCC Cable Order?

On August 1, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to approve a report and order that will make dramatic changes to cable franchises managed by state and local governments. The order, which will go into effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register, has two major components that will impact local

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How Coalition Building Promotes Community Engagement

“It takes a village.” Municipal governance works best when key players are working together. How local elected officials can foster coalitions to tackle policy issues was the focus of discussion for the National League of Cities National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials during their Annual Summer Conference. Conversations touched on a number of issues

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Lessons from Cities of Opportunity Pilot Initiative Drive Launch of New Technical Assistance RFP

The following presents brief highlights of the work of twelve cities in the Cities of Opportunity pilot. Based on what’s learned from these cities, NLC is launching recruitment for a new cohort and invite cities to apply. Click here to access the RFP. Cities of Opportunity are places where all residents can reach their full

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How Washington, D.C., Fought Housing Displacement

Local leaders are taking bold action to address the housing affordability challenges in their communities. While current levels of federal and state support for affordable housing are invaluable, it is clear that more must be done to combat the current lack of affordable housing options that is weighing heavily on far too many families. NLC’s recent

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