Category: Arts & Culture

How a Strong Digital Foundation Supported This Community’s Connections

Just 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, the Village of Orland Park is a municipality on the rise. Its population of 58,000 is expected to grow to 75,000 by 2030. Attention to infrastructure is critical for keeping operations in line with the increasing needs that accompany such growth. Over the last few years, Orland Park

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The Secret Ingredient to a Prosperous City: Love

In this day and age, we spend a lot of time talking about our differences, our divisions and our struggles. But the reality is, there is one thing that binds all local leaders together – that four-letter word that we all feel, but can’t always explain: love. As president of the National League of Cities

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To Ames, With Love

Wondering why the National League of Cities is feeling so much love this Valentines Day? Learn more at nlc.org! Dearest Ames, I’m so happy to call you my adopted hometown. You know that when we first met back in 1991, I wasn’t impressed. As I drove through town on the way to meet my soon-to-be husband’s

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To Camden, With Love

Wondering why the National League of Cities is feeling so much love this Valentines Day? Learn more at nlc.org! My Dearest Camden, It is one of your beautiful 70+ degree days in February when you draw me from my desk and close to you.  I venture as close as possible – there is no other place

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To Los Angeles, With Love

Wondering why the National League of Cities is feeling so much love this Valentines Day? Learn more at nlc.org! To My City, If you put the entire world in one city, you get Los Angeles. LA. The City of Angels. LaLa Land. Whatever you or anyone else may call it, it is home. It’s not like

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To Gary, With Love

Wondering why the National League of Cities is feeling so much love this Valentines Day? Learn more at nlc.org! Dear Gary, Recently, you celebrated your 113thbirthday. What a milestone for you and citizens like me who love you so much.  So often people talk about you and focus on your challenges and problems—poverty, crime, unemployment, vacant and

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Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts From 2018

From small cell preemption to Amazon’s HQ search and downtown development, here are CitiesSpeak’s top posts from 2018. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Legal Challenges to Third Travel Ban In considering Trump’s controversial immigration policy, the Supreme Court will focus on four key legal issues. What City Leaders Should Know about South Dakota v. Wayfair

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5 Holiday Traditions from Cities Nationwide

‘Tis the season for parties, delicious food… and memorable holiday traditions. From tree and menorah lightings to parades and festivals, every city has at least one holiday event that brings joy and warmth to residents as the cold winter days approach. Today, we’re sharing traditions from five cities, big and small, that we feel embody

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5 Things Cities Can Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving

Elected officials rarely get the chance to pause and reflect. For many of us, elected office is a second—or third—job, and there is always another project to complete, another problem that must be solved, or a council meeting to attend. The truth is—most of us like it that way. As local leaders, it’s in our

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The Re-Emergence of Neighborhoods

For the past five years, NLC’s Center for City Solutions has analyzed hundreds of mayors’ state of the city addresses. In this research, we examine which priorities mayors are focusing on and how their priorities change over time in response to social, economic and political trends. The 2018 State of Cities (SOTC) report covers a sample of

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