Category: data

Navigating Preemption during COVID: Four Steps Cities Can Take to Increase Affordable Housing

Since March, the landscape of housing stability has changed drastically for many residents because of the novel coronavirus. More than 44 million residents have filed for unemployment, 20 million residents are still out of work, 20 million renters are at risk of evictions, and the nation has entered into an economic recession. Inequities in housing,

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Embedding Racial Equity in Housing

Racial inequities have been embedded in housing long before COVID-19. Redlining, racialized zoning, segregation, predatory lending, urban renewal and exclusions in the New Deal and the G.I. Bill are examples of public policies that have produced the racial disparities that permeate housing policy today. The result of these discriminatory housing practices among Black people and

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Cities are Making Unavoidable Cuts in Response to COVID-19 Fiscal Pressures

New survey data from over 1,100 municipalities across the country shows that the national economic recovery is at even greater risk of stalling if Congress fails to provide direct federal aid to America’s cities, towns and villages. The survey, which focuses on local spending cuts and service adjustments, found that 65% of cities are being

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Three Things that the Fed and Congress Can Do Now to Help Small Cities Reopen and Recover

While more than 63% of Americans live in cities, the vast majority of city residents live in communities with populations of 300,000 or less[i]. Cities large and small face financial risks from COVID-19 and the challenge of mitigating its spread. They face extra and increasing costs for essential public safety and health and lost tax

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Mobility Data Sharing Merges with COVID-19 Response

By Greg Rodriguez and Annie YJ Chang  The COVID-19 pandemic may have put a temporary halt on our mobility, but it has not steered us away from building more connected and resilient communities. If anything, it is the opposite. As we look to slowly reopen our communities, we must make critical transportation-related decisions. Data will

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Local Budget Pressures are Real. So Why Don’t Cities Just Raise Taxes?

The toll of the current public health crisis continues to unfold on municipal budgets with revenue shortfalls anticipated to near $360 billion over the next three years. These shortfalls are impacting families and local economies nationwide as cities respond with tough decisions to furlough or even lay off dedicated staff and cut investments in critical

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Cities Anticipate $360 Billion Revenue Shortfall

In Charleston, WV, the city approved a $98.9 million budget in fiscal year 2019 but is on track to end with a $2 million deficit. The city of Boulder, CO, projects a shortfall of approximately $21 million in the general fund and a $41 million overall budget deficit. In New Orleans, LA, city officials estimate

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Data Outlooks in the Age of COVID-19

Data is central to city planning and strategies, and city leaders have long worked with internal staff and expert partners to compile and analyze data for decision-making. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the process for collecting and utilizing data needs to happen in real-time, so we can take into account the spread of

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Essential Municipal Employees Vulnerable to Severe Cuts

Cities, towns and villages across the nation are preparing for significant budget cuts and the difficult decisions that accompany them. The fiscal impacts of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 are not just numbers on a page. They include massive layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts that affect the lives of thousands of municipal employees, their

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City Leaders Call for Data Disaggregation in COVID-19 Response

The legacy of structural racism from redlining, urban renewal, and other local, state, and federal policies has led to generations of disinvestment and hazardous environments in communities of color, especially Black communities. It has become clear that the COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate racial inequities in health and healthcare access resulting from this legacy.   Rochester Mayor Provides Example of Leadership  Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester,

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