The Northeast Central Durham Livability Initiative Populates the Livability Discussion

Over the last couple years, the definition of livability created by the HUD-DOT-EPA’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities has become well known to those of us in the “city business.”  The Partnership’s website outlines the six principles of livability: value communities and neighborhoods; promote equitable, affordable housing; provide more transportation choices; support existing communities; coordinate and

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The Latest in Economic Development – 12.12.11

Information germane to economic development can seemingly come from all angles. It is not always easy to filter out the information that is not pertinent to cities and city leaders. So every week, NLC will introduce articles related to economic development, placing special attention on interesting and ambitious city programs, identifying recent trends, and uncovering

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Residents Matter as Washington, DC Gets Ready to Create its First Sustainability Plan

This past Wednesday, over 400 residents of Washington, DC gathered in the Convention Center to form working groups that will inform the content of the city’s first sustainability plan.  The energy in the room was palpable, as Mayor Gray restated his vision to make Washington “the greenest city in the nation.” After introductory words from

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Don’t Discount the Value of a Library in a Digital World

Great cities have great central libraries. Some are architecturally significant such as in Seattle or Copenhagen. Others are signature buildings that embody the civic spirit and unique character of a community, such as in Fort Smith, Arkansas where the citizens voted to tax themselves in order to build a main library building and neighborhood branches.

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Todays unemployment numbers

The following post was written by Neil Bomberg, program director in NLC’s Center on Federal Relations: November’s unemployment numbers, which were released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS, provide further evidence that the economy is continuing to improve after suffering the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. At first glance, last

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Technology Wars Yield Efficiencies for Cities

Pick up nearly any magazine devoted to business, finance, technology or consumers and you will learn the details of the war being waged by corporate kingpins Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook. Ostensibly this competition is supposed to be good for the average consumer whether individual or corporate. This assumes of course that the average consumer

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Green Riverside Impresses at the Congress of Cities

Last week, I arrived at the Congress of Cities in Phoenix, both excited and anxious about meeting our members and working a large conference for the very first time.  Would I be in the right place at the right time? Would I have answers for the questions that our members might ask?  For the most

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Innovation in city programs: How do we know it when we see it?

Amid persistent attention placed on cities struggling to make ends meet, cities across the country are also engaged in countless efforts to improve the quality of life for their residents. In many cases, these quality of life improvements are strong ammunition against local hardship. It’s easy for cities to get bogged down in their own struggles, but in order

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