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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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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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In Toronto, Arts and Culture Take Center Stage

This is a guest post by Ellyn Parker, project manager for the 2018 Rose Fellowship team. This is the second blog in a three-part series about insights from a study tour of Toronto by NLC’s 2018 Rose Center Land Use Fellows. Last month, NLC’s Rose Center Land Use fellowship team braved the cold temperatures of

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In Clifton Forge, Virginia, an Arts and Preservation Success Story

While America’s major metropolitan cities have taken center stage in cultural debates, the nation’s smaller cities and towns have a culture, vibrancy and uniqueness all their own. Even as big urban centers are introducing high-tech ideas for governing, there is much creativity and dynamic problem-solving going on in communities with populations fewer than 50,000 residents.

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Inside The Giant Pumpkin Regatta of Tualatin, Oregon

“If you’ve never been to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, odds are you’ve never seen anyone sit inside a giant pumpkin, let alone race one across a lake dressed as a superhero or the tooth fairy.” That’s how the City of Tualatin, Oregon describes the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. The statement captures the

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What Cities Need to Know About the Booming eSports Industry

The world of professional, competitive video gaming is expanding at a rapid pace – and you might be surprised to learn that cities stand to benefit from its growth. This post was co-authored by Angelina Panettieri and Courtney Bernard. This week, more than 220,000 people tuned in to watch the first-ever White House eSports event

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The Arts Mean Business

This is a guest post by Jay H. Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts. The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas, is a visually spectacular example of the type of anchor for economic development that can be achieved when city governments invest in arts and

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Closing the Digital Divide in America

This is a guest post by David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. Chance the Rapper (left) and Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen present laptops to students from Chicago’s Alcott College Prep at a recent event to announce new Internet Essentials milestones. (Comcast) According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 52

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National Park Service Launches NPS Urban Agenda

This is a guest post by Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of the U.S. National Park Service. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Mo., exemplifies the innovative ways city leaders, businesses and NGOs are investing in new parks, new park designs, and new ways to engage communities in creating healthy and livable cities. (National

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The Best Lifestyle Might Be the Cheapest, Too

This is a guest post by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. It originally appeared here. If you were to build a city from scratch, using current technology, what would it cost to live there? I think it would be nearly free if you did it right. This is a big deal because people aren’t

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