Author: Local Leader Voices

Why Cities Need to Lead With Urgency

Joe Buscaino, councilmember, Los Angeles, currently serves as the president of the National League of Cities. The thing that makes me most proud today is that 45 years ago as my mother was bringing me home from the hospital after giving birth, Los Angeles’ legendary Mayor Tom Bradley was taking the helm as president of

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Reducing Jail Use in Birmingham, Alabama

I have advocated for many years that municipal courts are an untapped leader in developing reforms that can measurably reduce local jail populations. The jails are currently filled with citizens who quite simply would be better served without the use of confinement. In November 2017, NLC selected the City of Birmingham, Alabama as one of

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Leading Together: Putting Cities Front and Center in the Campaign for President

Cities are integral to the fabric of America. And with voters going to the polls for the 2020 presidential election in just about a year, our communities must be heard and the opportunities and challenges before us have to be amplified in the race for the White House. At a moment of deepening partisanship, we’re

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Advancing Health Equity Across Systems in Your City

As part of Grand Rapids’ participation in the Cities of Opportunity pilot, an initiative to advance cross-sector health equity work, the city added health and environment as a new strategic priority. The National League of Cities (NLC) spoke with Becky Jo Glover, chief customer service and innovation officer for the City of Grand Rapids, and

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Modernizing Fremont Boulevard to Be Smart and Safe

Fremont Boulevard is one of the city’s most well-traveled corridors. It is a livewire of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle travel. And it experiences serious issues with excessive speeds, collisions and fatalities. In 2015, The Fremont Vision Zero Status Report and Action Plan reported that 50% of the city’s fatalities occurred on segments of Fremont Boulevard.

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In DC, Building Bridges for Equitable Economic Growth

This is a guest blog by D.C. Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian and Bridge Park Director Scott Kratz. The 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C.—a planned repurposing of the retired 11th Street Bridge across the Anacostia River between the East of the River neighborhoods and Capitol Hill into a vibrant city park—will connect

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To Columbus, With Love

Dear Columbus, Columbus… America’s Opportunity City… Ohio’s capital… Our home. For my whole life you have been a place that inspires, challenges, and fights. You are a city that is rich in history and poised for a continued vibrant future. As a product of Columbus City Schools, I know the opportunities you provide for all

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What Congress Learned from Miami Gardens

This Wednesday, I had the opportunity to represent my city, Miami Gardens, before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Highways & Transit of the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. As the Chairman of our Miami-Dade County Transportation Planning Organization, I was asked by my Congresswoman Frederica Wilson to share our experience in fighting congestion

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Three Ways Jersey City Connects More Children to Nature

Parks and open space are an ongoing priority in Jersey City, New Jersey. We understand the value that parks bring to a city, its economy and, most importantly, its residents. What we didn’t fully realize was that by integrating park priorities with other key city priorities, such as youth development, stormwater management, and Vision Zero,

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