The first installment in a series on “Innovation and Cities” These are tough times for cities, economically and politically. Our own research points to a period of managed retrenchment where city leaders are confronted with undesirable choices — cuts in vital services, laying off personnel, delaying needed infrastructure investments, to name a few. But, times
As any competitive or recreational swimmer knows, the swimming pool has a strict hierarchy of performance and expectation. At one end of the pool are the fast lanes and at the other end are the slow lanes. In the fast lanes are found the competitive tri-athletes, the varsity collegiate swimmers and the Olympic wannabees. For
What might Hill & Knowlton, Fleishman-Hillard or Edelman Public Relations do if they were given the marketing campaign for INFRASTRUCTURE? It’s a terrible word in desperate need of rebranding. What self-respecting PR firm would not jump at the chance to persuade Americans to spend their hard earned dollars on infrastructure instead of tablets or timeshares?
Efforts at “place making” have seldom been so visible in both federal policy and local initiative. But author Edward Glaeser in his popular work Triumph of the City, suggests that a focus on place is truly, well, misplaced. “Invest in people,” Glaeser advocates, because at their best cities are job-creating engines that put talent to
Bikeshare systems bring a number of economic and environmental benefits to cities, as previously outlined and in NLC’s new municipal action guide, Integrating Bike Share Programs into a Sustainable Transportation System. Furthermore, they are attractive to residents and tourists, thereby contributing to a city’s reputation for livability. Riding a bicycle as a means of transportation
Bikeshare systems are sprouting across the U.S. at a heartening pace. Motivated by a combination of factors – including rising oil prices that discourage automobile use, public health concerns and a desire to increase physical activity, efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and the need to more efficiently use urban space –
This is the first in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2011 State of the City speeches. From our office in Washington, D.C., NLC staff address local issues on behalf of city leaders from across the country. We think we know where city leaders’ heads are, but how do they actually view their cities’ progress? And