Month: January 2014

5 Issues President Obama Needs to Address in the State of the Union

President Obama is expected to make economic inequality a major component of his State of the Union Tuesday night, addressing what recent headlines and research have concluded is a threat to the future prosperity of our country. Consistently stagnant levels of economic mobility further underscores the president’s need to address this issue, as the ability

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Community Partners Support Baltimore Neighborhood Growth

What makes a great neighborhood? Why do millennials for example, or any other demographic subgroup, choose one city over another or one neighborhood over another? Several factors that are consistent across many research studies include affordable housing, safe and walkable streets, access to employment and mobility networks, options for entertainment and recreation, and the often

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A Term of Recurring Themes

Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center and a regular contributor to CitiesSpeak. If you follow the Supreme Court’s docket, one theme from this term is unmistakable:  patent cases.  The Court has taken at least five patent cases (out of less than 70).  But patents don’t worry the State and Local

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Innovation Districts Create New Urban Spaces for Creativity and Growth

This post also appears on CityMinded’s blog. Cities incubate creativity and serve as labs for innovative ideas and policies. One such idea arising more and more is the innovation district. These districts are creative, energy-laden ecosystems with a focus on building partnerships across sectors. Innovation districts attract entrepreneurs, established companies, and leaders in all walks

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Let’s All Climb to the Mountaintop: NLC Commemorates the Birthday of Dr. King

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would be 85 years old if he were still alive today.  Across the country, businesses, governments, and schools are closed to allow people to celebrate the memory of one of history’s most important figures. Dr. King is a towering figure whose commitment to

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Will President Obama Keep His Promise?

Nearly a year after putting forth the idea in his 2013 State of the Union address, last Thursday President Obama officially announced the Administration’s first five “Promise Zones.” In last year’s State of the Union, President Obama addressed the topic of economic mobility – or the ability to get ahead in life – with a

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NLC Supports Arkansas League before the Supreme Court

Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center and a regular contributor to CitiesSpeak. To have a case before the United States Supreme Court is quite an honor for most lawyers, and Michael Mosley is no exception. On March 4th, Arkansas Municipal League Attorney Michael Mosley will argue a case

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The War on Poverty: A Winding Road to Progress

Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America” in his State of the Union address. In that speech he introduced legislation to bolster educational opportunities, employment, health care, and housing for all, particularly the most vulnerable among us. The War on Poverty would dramatically expand the federal

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What does the end of chronic veteran homelessness mean for cities?

Last month, Phoenix made the historic announcement that all of their chronically homeless veterans were off the streets. This amazing milestone is the result of collaboration between all parts of the community and the use of data to drive decisions and allocate resources. The accomplishment has sparked a national conversation about whether or not a

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