How Micromobility in Cities Evolved in 2019

By Ashwini Chhabra From the rise of the micromobility industry in Santa Monica, California in 2017, through its rapid growth and global expansion in 2018, to its global presence in 2019, we have seen a remarkable evolution of this new and popular service and the approach cities are taking to support sustainable mobility for all.

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How Architects Help Cities Respond to Disaster Recovery

  By Steve Cimino When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August of 2005, it quickly became a force unparalleled in the history of modern disasters. Roughly 850,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, leaving countless residents with nowhere to go. At the time, J. Scott Eddy, AIA, was working on a VA hospital renovation project on

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How Pittsburgh Built Equity

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: Over the last two decades, Pittsburgh

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How Pittsburgh Made Progress Bridging the Opportunity Gap with Summer Programs

What began as a project of five cities in 2011 to research whether summer learning programs that offer a mix of academic instruction and enrichment opportunities can boost success in school quickly turned into a commitment to understand and improve the role that summer learning plays in closing the opportunity gap for students. One of

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Significant Homeless Decision Stands

In Martin v. City of Boise, the Ninth Circuit held that if a homeless person has no option of sleeping indoors a city cannot cite him or her for violating an ordinance disallowing sleeping outside in a public space. This significant holding is now final. The Supreme Court refuses to review thousands of lower court

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Congress Aims to Stop a Repeat Partial Government Shutdown

Congress is on the path to approve all 12 annual spending bills this week before a looming midnight Friday deadline, at which time government funding would lapse and trigger a federal government shutdown. The 12 fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills are being packaged together in two “minibus” bills that will allow Congress to significantly speed

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Next Steps on Addressing PFAS Contamination in Drinking Water

Throughout the year, there was a growing concern across all levels of government about drinking water contamination from PFAS – a group of man-made chemicals that were made and used in a variety of industries around the globe, which have made their way into drinking water systems across the country, particularly in communities near military installations

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How Boston Helped Residents Get Bigger Tax Returns

Cities must be at the forefront of providing financial empowerment and tax equity strategies that include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and credit building at tax time. Using information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to educate low and moderate-income taxpayers on the benefits of filing their tax returns while maximizing tax time for credit

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Rail Resolutions for 2020: Collaboration, Safety and Quiet

It’s the time of the year to start thinking about your resolutions for 2020! At City Summit, NLC’s Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee came together to set six resolutions for 2020. Alongside our National Municipal Policy, these resolutions will guide us in the new year. “Cities And Towns Call For Corporation With Neighboring Railroads And

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Three Strategies to Restore City Rights in an Era of Preemption

From negatively impacting zoning and tax laws, to making it impossible for local governments to raise the minimum wage or mandate sick leave, state interference — or preemption — can have dire consequences for our communities. The evolution of preemption—from a pragmatic tool to resolve conflicts in law to a weapon used to limit local

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