Tag: Cities lead

Our Eight Most Popular Articles of 2017

In January 2017, America’s cities faced a precarious moment. After several years of runaway growth in downtowns and neighborhoods, major cities were at their most wealthy, safe, and vibrant point in decades. Meanwhile, mid-sized cities and small towns continued to struggle with growing challenges — and a divisive 2016 campaign season had laid those inequalities

Continue reading

The War on Poverty: A Winding Road to Progress

Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America” in his State of the Union address. In that speech he introduced legislation to bolster educational opportunities, employment, health care, and housing for all, particularly the most vulnerable among us. The War on Poverty would dramatically expand the federal

Continue reading

Cities lead, but cannot go it alone

An extended conversation with NLC President Chris Coleman. Listen to an abbreviated podcast of this interview on NLC’s Sound Cloud account. As the end of the year approaches, top 100 lists, year-in-reviews and “person of the year” recognitions are beginning to make their rounds. What are the year’s biggest themes in politics, culture and entertainment? How

Continue reading

Congress: Take a Page from Cities and Lead

This post was written by Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities. This government shutdown is appalling. First, we hoped it wouldn’t happen and that Congress would arrive at a common sense solution at the last minute. Now, we simply hope it won’t last too long. This is government by manufactured crisis,

Continue reading

Mayor Richard M. Daley to State Municipal League Staff Workshop: Cities Lead

At NLC’s State Municipal League staff workshop in Chicago last week, former mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley spoke to attendees about the importance of public service and the need for cities to come together to affect change. Invoking the theme of NLC’s upcoming Congress of Cities, “Cities Lead,” Mayor Daley stressed that cities are

Continue reading

“We Need to Act” – President Obama’s Clarion Call for Action on Climate Change

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama gave a rousing speech that introduced his Administration’s Climate Action Plan, a speech that aimed to position the U.S. as a global leader on climate change. ”We want a global low-carbon economy,” he said. While the global perspective is certainly an important one, local communities – cities, towns, and counties– indeed

Continue reading