Category: city administration

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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Cities Take the Lead in Reducing Preventable Traffic Fatalities with Vision Zero

This is a guest post by Veronica Vanterpool, deputy director of The Vision Zero Network. Ask anyone in your community if they know someone killed or seriously injured in a traffic crash and the answer is likely “yes.” In fact, the odds of being killed in a traffic crash are 1 in 103. Despite claiming

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Retirement Plans Use Too Much Jargon, Say Employees

City governments, in their roles as employers, are striving to attract talent that can support the critical work of serving communities. However, the wages of state and local government employees tend to be lower than for private sector employees with similar backgrounds. So, how can municipal employers provide a more competitive alternative? One way is

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Rochester Commits to Racial Equity

On January 22, 2019, Mayor Lovely Warren gathered with the National League of Cities Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) Director Leon Andrews, former mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Betsy Hodges, and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce to commit the City of Rochester’s time and resources to a new racial equity initiative. Mayor Warren issued a

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Suburban Astronomy 101

This is a guest post by Jeff Marcell, senior partner with TIP Strategies, Inc. Some 725,000 people live in the City of Seattle. As impressive as that number sounds, it is dwarfed by the fact that Seattle’s metropolitan area, as defined by the US Census Bureau, includes a whopping 3.9 million residents. You can do

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How Baltimore is Advancing Racial Equity: Policy, Practice & Procedure

During 2018, our nation saw issues of race and justice take center stage in ways and with a frequency not seen in some time. We saw race baiting used in policy, practice, and procedural debates across the country, from immigration and border security to policing. As we celebrate the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin

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New Guidance on Dockless Scooters and Bikes

This is a guest post from Negheen Sanjar, Director of Legal Research at the International Municipal Lawyer’s Association (IMLA). Across the country, local governments are increasingly engaging with micromobility devices, like dockless scooters and bikes. These dockless micromobility devices are similar to their docked counterparts with one exception – they can be parked anywhere. Users

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One Small City’s Big Steps to Undo Systemic Racism

The Village of Park Forest, Illinois was established in 1948 to house military veterans as the nation’s first planned community after World War II. Park Forest was initially designed as one of the few communities without restrictive covenants by religion. Building on that ten-year tradition, Park Forest was racially desegregated in 1959 when the first African-American

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