Category: Arts & Culture

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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Why Downtown Development is Crucial for American Cities

Every year, mayors from cities of all sizes share their visions for the upcoming year in their state of the city speeches. NLC has analyzed trends in these speeches for the last five years, and it should surprise no one that economic development has remained the most popular topic. But this year, the subtopic of

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How One Small City Celebrates LGBT Pride Month Year-Round

While America’s major metropolitan cities often take center stage in national issues, the country’s smaller cities and towns have a culture, vibrancy and uniqueness all their own. This month, we’re highlighting small cities looking to the future as part of Small Cities Month 2018. Throughout June, cities around the country have hosted marches, ceremonies and celebrations

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