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Oct 10
A public park.
A public park.
  • Parks And Recreation
  • Health

At 10:10 a.m. on October 10, 134 of the nation’s most influential mayors joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching an historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign, establishing the ambitious goal that all Americans should live within a 10-minute walk (or a half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.

This…

Oct 06
Firefighters fight a wildfire.
Firefighters fight a wildfire.
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Climate

This is a guest post by Mayor John Suthers of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Yucel Ors of the National League of Cities.

Every mayor or city manager has read an article or watched a news clip focused on a community ravaged by wildfire. Many have even witnessed firsthand the economic, environmental, and social implications that wildland urban interface fires can create in unprepared…

Oct 05
Las Vegas.
Las Vegas.
  • Violence
  • Leadership & Management
  • Advocacy

On Sunday night, Las Vegas, Nevada, a city that is infamous for its nightlife, casinos and entertainment, was brought to a standstill. From the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, a sniper took aim at concert goers — killing over 50 people and wounding hundreds more.

While the horror of that night still rattles many, we must acknowledge the truth: Tragedies like those in Las Vegas…

Oct 05
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Violence

On Sunday night, Las Vegas, Nevada, a city that is infamous for its nightlife, casinos and entertainment, was brought to a standstill. From the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, a sniper took aim at concert goers — killing over 50 people and wounding hundreds more.

While the horror of that night still rattles many, we must acknowledge the truth: Tragedies like those in Las Vegas…

Oct 04
People at a table.
People at a table.
  • Youth & Family
  • Juvenile Justice

Jail misuse and overuse have taken a heavy toll on our communities. They have become warehouses for people with mental health and substance abuse issues — rather than a place for those who pose a flight risk or threat to public safety.  Local policy efforts and practices can contribute to the national movement to end mass incarceration.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation…

Oct 03
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Elections

All eyes and ears were focused on Justice Kennedy today during the Supreme Court’s oral argument in Gill v. Whitford.

In this case, the court is asked to decide whether and when it is possible to bring a claim that partisan gerrymandering (redistricting to advantage one political party) is unconstitutional.

In the 2012 election, in Wisconsin Republican candidates received less…

Oct 03
Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama
  • Youth & Family
  • Juvenile Justice

Jails open the “front door of mass incarceration,” and cities have opportunities to reduce the number of people entering jail. Cities can take measures such as providing local law enforcement with better tools and alternatives to arrest, supporting community-based alternatives to jails, and creating supports for people returning from incarceration.

The NLC Institute for Youth,…

Oct 03
Austin, Texas.
Austin, Texas.
  • Education
  • Equity

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. In Austin, we meet with key stakeholders and Mayor Steve Adler to learn about the next steps in ensuring equity in access to opportunity.

This post was co-authored by Dana D’Orazio and Audrey M. Hutchinson. This is the fifth post in a series on…

Oct 02
Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
  • Equity

Across the country, issues of racial equity continue to spark unrest in communities. In cities and towns both small and large, our country has been made to repeatedly stare into the face of our scarred past — and to acknowledge the long road ahead.

In order to provide support to city leaders and communities dealing with racial equity crises, we’re introducing the first-ever National…

Sep 27
Wireless city
Wireless city
  • Smart Cities

Technology has always been a critical force deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities. From the first human settlements millennia ago to the industrial revolution to today, technological breakthroughs have impacted the buildings we use, the way we get around, and how we live, work, and play in the urban space.

Now, as we are on the cusp of further rapid shifts in cities…