Category: Community

‘Madison Speaks’ Brings Police, Community Together

In March, several officers of the Madison, Wisconsin, Police Department (MPD) brought together a diverse group of community members to hear their ideas on increasing trust between law enforcement and the community. Captain John Patterson, currently assigned to Madison’s South Police District, adapted this event from the Orlando, Florida, “Orlando Speaks” initiative, which he learned

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In Detroit, Neighborhood Redevelopment Starts With “Trusting Your Gut”

Last Monday, the City of Detroit emerged from Chapter 9 Bankruptcy — nearly five years after it filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The June 2013 filing came at what was perhaps the nadir of the city’s spirits, battered by decades of population and jobs losses. A few months after the filing, the

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With Universal Basic Income, Stockton Reimagines Economic Development

This is a guest post by David Zipper, resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund. A couple months ago I spent several days in Stockton, a city that may have received more positive press in the last year than it did in the previous several decades. The bulk of that coverage has revolved around the

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Why the 2020 Census Could Be a Problem for Cities

This is a guest post by Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Arkansas, president of the National League of Cities. This Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform heard testimony from the U.S. Census Bureau’s interim director. He provided an overview of how preparations for the 2020 decennial census are going

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Three Ways Atlanta is Building Green, Equitable Redevelopment

Economic development, land use and public infrastructure—across the country, cities contend with these three challenges daily. In many ways, the City of Atlanta is no different. In her first State of the City speech, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, “We are committed to bringing Atlanta together, so that every person and every community is empowered

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Austin

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. This week, I had the opportunity to interview Councilmember Delia Garza — an NLC Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellow from Austin, Texas. Councilmember Garza is the first elected official to be part of a EED Fellowship team. Carlos Delgado: Councilmember Garza, thank you

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Can Columbus, Ohio Become a Model for Equitable Community Development?

In many ways, the city of Columbus, Ohio, is an outlier among its peers. It’s the most populous city in Ohio (with 886,000 residents) — despite Cleveland and Cincinnati being perhaps better known — and its metropolitan area, with 2.1 million, leads the Buckeye State as well. And unlike many other cities in America’s so-called

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Public Spaces and Local Democracy

On Tuesday, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to exact revenge on the city of Memphis — approving a measure to withhold $250,000 in funding that had been appropriated for the city’s bicentennial anniversary celebration. A little backstory is required. In December, two statues of Confederate leaders were removed from Memphis parks — a long-awaited

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Lessons in Leadership From Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, mid-April means bright sunshine and hot afternoons. This year, it also means recovery. We met Amelia on a tour through Utuado, a mid-sized city located in the central mountainous region of the island. Standing in her sister’s backyard, surrounded by fallen debris and an overturned chicken coup, she held a machete in

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DOJ Offers Community-Based Crime Reduction Grants to Cities

This is a guest post by Jason Cooper, program director for crime reduction initiatives at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Many cities beset by high rates of crime face economic and social problems that go well beyond the capacity of police to address. As such, stepped up enforcement, on its own, is rarely enough to

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