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Sep 28
  • City Government
  • Transparency
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Data Management

“What is City government doing?

How well are we doing it?

How can we do it better?”

These three questions guide Devin Quirk’s work for the City of Boston.  Devin serves as Citywide Performance Manager and runs the "Boston About Results" (BAR) Program, an online database of performance measures that, over the last six years…

Aug 10
  • Placemaking
  • Community & Housing
  • Neighborhoods

This is the final post in a three –part series that explores gentrification as an ‘unintended consequence’ of the (re)development of a place, and identifies innovative tools that cities are using to address the overlapping issues of mobility and affordability. The previous blog posts (part 1 and part 2) in the series highlighted some of the consequences of place-based economic redevelopment…

Aug 09
  • Placemaking
  • Economic Development
  • Business

The number of U.S. breweries is at a 125 year high with 350 new breweries opening in the past year, according to stats released on Monday by the Brewers Association. Beer drinkers aren’t the only ones enjoying this growth; craft breweries have caught the eyes of local officials and economic developers and they are encouraging the development, growth, and attraction of these companies. Over the…

Jul 27
  • Community & Housing
  • Housing
  • Neighborhoods

This is the second in a three–part series that explores gentrification as an ‘unintended consequence’ of the (re)development of a place, and identifies innovative tools and strategies that cities are using to address the overlapping issues of mobility and affordability. In the first blog post of this series, I outlined my concern with the effects of place-based economic development on long-…

Jul 10
  • Community & Housing
  • Housing
  • Neighborhoods

This is the first in a three –part series that explores gentrification as an ‘unintended consequence’ of the (re)development of a place, and identifies innovative tools that cities are using to address the overlapping issues of mobility and affordability. A few weeks ago, a blog post announcing the 50 “fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods in the United States” went viral. With Washington D.C.…

Apr 23
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Renewable

NLC delegates tour IBA

After a full week of traveling, touring, meetings, and presentations we reach the end of NLC’s International Sustainability Exchange. We began our day with a meeting at the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment where delegates engaged with leading authorities on efforts that the City of Hamburg is taking to reduce carbon emissions while at the same…

Apr 19
  • Environment & Sustainability

On day three of the NLC delegation’s tour of Europe, we arrived in Hamburg, Germany, the European Green Capital in 2011. Hamburg is a beautiful and bustling city that is home to the second largest port in Europe and is a center of renewable energy, aerospace, and media. Our visit to Hamburg kicked off with lunch at the U.S Consulate hosted by Consul General Inmi Patterson. Our…

Apr 17
  • Environment & Sustainability

NLC’s delegation to Sweden and Germany kicked off the first day of the trip with a breakfast meeting with Ambassador Brzezinski, the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, and representatives from U.S. businesses with a presence in Sweden.  In his opening remarks the Ambassador underscored the important relationships already present between Sweden and the United States including the Swedish American…

Apr 02
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation

This is the sixth in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2012 State of the City Speeches. As the rest of America waits for the Federal Government to get its act together and pass a comprehensive transportation bill, cities across the country are recognizing the opportunities that continued infrastructure improvements are having in their cities.  Leslie Wollack (@lawollack), Program Director…

Mar 30
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Food

“Do you eat food?” This was the question posed by Jim Embry, Director of the Lexington Sustainable Communities Network and local foods “jedi” (according to those in the local ‘food-know’) at the beginning of the Fourth Annual Local Foods Summit held last week in Lexington, KY. “Because if you eat food, you’re part of the food system” And thus began the three day event bringing together local…