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
Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center and a regular contributor to CitiesSpeak. It looks like an abortion case…but it really isn’t. It just happens to have come up in the abortion clinic context. It’s actually a speech case; a time, place, and manner case. And local governments use
Democracy is messy. Big surprise! There are no philosopher kings with boundless wisdom available to make decisions for us. We are on our own and each citizen must decide for him or herself what is truth and falsehood and what is reasonable or what is unacceptable. Battles between neighborhood residents and real estate developers are
I staffed my first Congressional City Conference this past weekend. As always, I knew that I’d blog about some exciting session or speaker, and throughout the weekend I was eagerly awaiting a sign that THIS was it—this was the ‘thing’ I should reflect on. After the morning general session I was sure I’d write a
The first installment in a series on “Innovation and Cities” These are tough times for cities, economically and politically. Our own research points to a period of managed retrenchment where city leaders are confronted with undesirable choices — cuts in vital services, laying off personnel, delaying needed infrastructure investments, to name a few. But, times
A startling NBC/Wall Street Journal poll (January 22-24, 2012) indicates that 80 percent of Americans disapprove the job performance of Congress. Indeed, attitudes about government generally, whether Congress, the President, cabinet departments or agencies, are generally unfavorable. Research work conducted by Public Works Partners http://www.publicworkspartners.net illuminates a bit more of the truth behind these figures.
The tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and staffers in Tucson at the beginning of this year began an onslaught of conversation about civil rhetoric in government. But in reality, it shouldn’t have taken such an event to bring light to the importance of democratic governance. Governance should affirm an active role for residents, community