Detroit and DETROPIA

The words come at you harshly and powerfully. Decay. Ruin. Emptiness. America’s Pompeii. These words accompany images of Detroit from photographers Andrew Moore and Camilo Jose Vergara. The photos have been part of two exhibitions at the National Building Museum in Washington, Detroit Disassembled and Detroit Is No Dry Bones. Using a large-format presentation, Moore

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Galvanizing the Civic Sector to Reduce Gun Violence

The debate over gun violence swirls in state houses and in Congress.   Heated discussions surround: Ensuring universal background checks and closing gun show loopholes; Banning assault weapons; Banning multi-magazine clips; Giving federal authorities the ability to trace guns; and Increasing the availability of mental health services. Citing the many American families “whose lives have been

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In Dublin, Witnessing a Global Competition for Human Talent

The following post was written by John DeStefano, Jr., Mayor of the City of New Haven, Conn., and Past NLC President.  It originally appeared as a column in the New Haven Register on February 9, and has been reprinted with permission from Mayor DeStefano. A western Ukrainian boxer speaking English with an Irish accent?  By

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses the merits of German and Swiss apprenticeship programs and college credentials, heartland startup culture, a new incubator program in Arizona, and a community benefits agreement between Columbia University and West Harlem. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development.” A recent publication by

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The Opportunities and Challenges of Our Withdrawal from Afghanistan

During the State of the Union address last night, NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers joined First Lady Michelle Obama in the gallery, a clear recognition of the vital role that cities play in strengthening our nation. Among the many topics covered, the President announced his intention to withdraw approximately 34,000 American troops from Afghanistan in the

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Fine-Tuning Broadband Adoption Strategies

At a Broadband Summit at the FCC last week, national experts, academics and community program leaders discussed our country’s progress on where people are when it comes to taking advantage of broadband access.  The major challenges to broadband adoption have been having access to broadband services, how and why to use that access once you

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The Parallel Pathways of Resilience and Sustainability

In the aftermath of last year’s extreme weather events the topic of ‘resiliency’ has become the subject of much discussion, excitement and some confusion within cities and the field of urban planning. But is this just yet another ‘buzz word’ to be casually thrown about or is there something more going on? This blog post

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The Changing Face of Japanese Decision Making

Japan has a reputation for being both hierarchical and patriarchal. One’s position in the hierarchy and the roles defined by gender continue to be reinforced by families, schools and employers. Further, Japanese customs and societal norms create structures that foster order and discipline, define relationships and sublimate the self for the benefit of the collective.

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses free online education, the economic impact of hosting a Super Bowl, a new ILO report, and the difficult passage from education to employment. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development.” I don’t always agree with Tom Friedman, but when I do, it’s

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Japanese Localities Build Growth on Arts and Culture

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of blog posts on Jim Brooks’ trip to Japan with the The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) Fellowship. The Tate. The Getty. The Guggenheim. MoMa. These are household names and as such are among the most prestigious museums of modern art in the

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