Month: November 2013

NLC Joins Public Safety Buffer Zone Case

Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center and a regular contributor to CitiesSpeak. It looks like an abortion case…but it really isn’t.  It just happens to have come up in the abortion clinic context.   It’s actually a speech case; a time, place, and manner case.  And local governments use

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Hospitals: Essential Partners in Violence Prevention Work

Supported by the California Endowment, this post is part of a series, “Galvanizing the Civic Sector to Reduce Gun Violence.” The series focuses on what several sectors – parents, teens, schools, hospitals, law enforcement, the faith community, the philanthropic and business sectors, civic leaders and others – can do, independent of state and federal legislative

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Small Businesses Saturday Can – and Should – Last All Year Round

Recruiting new small businesses is one approach for developing a resilient local economy, but cities also need to retain existing local businesses by celebrating their history, acknowledging their contributions to the community’s character, and recognizing the unique goods and services they provide to neighborhoods. Small Business Saturday, happening November 30th, is an opportune time to

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Why Cities Lead

Washington, DC is a transient city.  At least it feels that way to me, a transplant.  I moved to DC a little over two years ago, after spending a couple years in Chicago, and before that, Louisville.  When I meet people here, their first question typically is, “what do you do?”  But what quickly follows

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Fair Housing Act Case Settles…Again

Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center and a regular contributor to CitiesSpeak. For the second time in two years, the parties have settled a dispute before the Supreme Court over whether the 1968 Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows plaintiffs to bring disparate impact claims.  These claims are brought

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This National Tragedy is Ending and Cities Are Leading the Way

This post also appears on the blog of The Home Depot Foundation. Last week in Seattle, NLC held its annual Congress of Cities and Exposition. More than 3,500 participants gathered to learn about the dynamic ways cities are driving change and finding solutions to the most pressing challenges facing local government. Among these challenges is

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Local Elected Officials Honored for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Achievements

Everyone has a role to play in preventing childhood obesity, including local elected officials who serve as leaders in adopting policies or making environmental changes so children in their communities reach their full potential and live healthy lives. As a part of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC), communities can earn bronze, silver and

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Ageless Cities

This post is part of a special series of blogs inspired by NLC’s annual Congress of Cities and related events such as the National Summit on Your City’s Families. Interestingly enough, much of what we have learned about how to make cities great places for youth can be applied to making cities great places for

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Global Connections Solve Local Problems

This post is part of a special series of blogs inspired by NLC’s annual Congress of Cities and related events such as the National Summit on Your City’s Families. My smartphone informs me about typhoons in the Philippines as quickly as it does college basketball scores. Sitting in Seattle, at NLC’s annual Congress of Cities

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