Housing Needs for the Next Decade

For local policy makers anticipating the economic landscape in the post-recession and post-foreclosure period, there are three factors that will influence decisions about new housing development – the number of homeless families; the slowdown in household formation; and the severe cost burden that so many face for housing. The combination of these factors means that

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International sustainability efforts – not necessarily a world apart

Stockholm, Sweden is a deserving recipient of the first-ever European Green Capital designation awarded by the European Commission and celebrated last week during a three-day conference bringing together municipal leaders from across Europe and the U.S. At the event, delegates learned about the city’s impressive efforts to restore water quality surrounding the city’s 14 islands

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U.S. cities share best-kept sustainability secrets

There is a certain irony that at the first ever European Green Capital Conference the delegation of U.S. local leadership has garnered just as much attention and excitement as the European contingents. The U.S. delegation began the first full day of the conference with a private welcome from Ambassador Matthew Barzun followed by a press

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NLC Delegation Carries Sustainability Message to Europe

A high-level NLC delegation of local officials has begun to arrive at the inaugural European Green Capital Conference, with the intent of sharing the successes and challenges of U.S. work on sustainability, while gathering best practices from across Europe. Stockholm, Sweden, is serving as the host of this inaugural sustainability conference, having been officially designated

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October 20th Watch

This post is by Andrew O. Moore, Senior Fellow at NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families. October 20, 2010 is likely to shape up as yet another challenging day for America’s cities – short on revenue, shorter on public sector employees than two years ago, facing the demands imposed by the ongoing recession. In

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Foreclosure Moratorium is Still Not the Answer

The vision of one lone clerk at Ally Financial hastily signing off on thousands of eviction documents has galvanized the national imagination. It’s a vivid picture. One can anticipate a future episode of The Office taking shameless advantage of this embarrassing corporate negligence. Coming as it does after several years of a foreclosure crisis, this

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Who Ensures Liberty and Justice for All

The Lorax spoke for the trees. At the dawn of the American nation, Madison, Hamilton and Jay spoke for the Constitution. In the present age will the Tea Party be the primary voice to define the size, scope and purpose of government? The purpose of government – national or local – is to promote the

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Vacant Properties Compound the Forclosure Disaster

You don’t have to be a policy researcher to know intuitively that mortgage foreclosures and vacant and abandoned properties are a serious threat to the well-being of a neighborhood.  An increase in foreclosed properties in any neighborhood, especially a high concentration of properties in one neighborhood, creates an oversupply of housing stock (including low value

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