Category: equity

Fifty Years After MLK, Cities Must Confront Racial Equity Through Policy

Today, we remember the defining figure of the Civil Rights Era, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination, leaders and communities across the country are taking the opportunity to reflect on our nation’s history, the progress we’ve made, and how much work we have yet to do. From Ferguson

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Could Higher Productivity Growth Lead to More Affordable Housing?

America’s cities have a problem: There isn’t enough affordably priced housing to go around. Today, city leaders and home-seekers alike are frequently left wondering why builders won’t simply build more housing that is affordable to a wider range of incomes, particularly middle- and lower- income households. For starters, the math doesn’t work. Private developers face

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How Six Cities Promote Diversity and Inclusion for Residents

Around the country, cities large and small are finding innovative ways to weave together every strand of their community, so that every resident has a fair shot at opportunity and prosperity.

Lonely in Pennsylvania: Why More Women Should Run

Across the country, women knit together the fabric of our communities. As residents, business entrepreneur and, of course, as local officials, women lead by action and example. At the National League of Cities, we’re proud of the women who have answered the call of service and taken office. NLC celebrates them this month by sharing their

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Can Reconciling Slavery’s Legacy Shape Richmond’s Future?

Among city leaders and economic development professionals, it has become conventional wisdom that history can be a neighborhood’s greatest asset. Historic buildings, businesses, streets and public spaces offer the opportunity to tell the stories of a place’s unique identity — and done right, it can provide fuel for authentic revitalization, compete for private capital, public

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Why Women Must Lead Together

Across the country, women knit together the fabric of our communities. As residents, business entrepreneur and, of course, as local officials, women lead by action and example. At the National League of Cities, we’re proud of the women who have answered the call of service and taken office. NLC celebrates them this month by sharing their

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5 Local Housing Affordability Strategies that Work

This post is the third in a four-part series on NLC’s task force report “Keeping the American Dream Alive: Expanding Economic Mobility and Opportunity in America’s Cities.” It’s a well-known truth that cities and towns across the U.S. are experiencing a housing affordability crisis. The effects are particularly acute for residents living in urban neighborhoods, many of which

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Cities, Innovation, and the Growth of the Digital Economy

The digital economy, or the internet sector, is a critical component of urban economies. This sector is not often thought of in the same way as more traditional industries — if formally measured, it would be among the 20 largest — but today it looms over many ‘powerhouse’ sectors like retail, construction, and the auto

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Exploring Housing, Equity, and Historic Heritage Across America

For city leaders, attracting new investment to neglected neighborhoods is a fraught challenge. Every decision must juggle housing affordability, economic opportunity and mobility for existing residents, and preserving an area’s unique cultural and historic heritage. In this year’s Rose Center for Public Leadership land use fellowship, those questions are taking center stage. Now in its

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Building a ‘Culture of Health’ Starts With Equity and Race

Join NLC Wednesday, Jan. 17 for a Culture of Health Web Forum on Race, Equity and Health. In the United States, life expectancy can vary by more than 15 years for communities separated by a few miles, subway stops or zip codes. This gap stems from structural inequities that include biases based on race, gender,

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