Local Government

With national action tackling climate change remaining weak, regional and local municipalities are taking substantive actions to address the oncoming severe affects of climate change.
Sep 3, 2014   Brookings Institution
With politics tangling up action on the Federal level, cities and local governments are adopting climate action plans to combat global warming. Smart growth is high on the list of action items.
Dec 14, 2010   Lincoln Institute of Land Policy blog
The City of Maywood, California has completely outsourced all of its civic services and turned local officials into contract workers. Though some worried the city would crumble, it's actually taken a turn for the better.
Jul 20, 2010   The New York Times
John Shirey, executive director of the California Redevelopment Association, talks about the recent court ruling that allowed California to take $2 billion in redevelopment from local municipalities, leaving hundreds of projects at risk.
May 28, 2010   The Planning Report
Houston is often the butt of many urban planners' jokes. With no formal zoning, wide roads and huge houses, it's often what urban planners are trying to move American cities away from. Joel Kotkin argues Houston is a model city for the U.S.
May 21, 2010   Forbes
Budget cuts are dramatically reshaping many local governments. This piece from <em>The Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em> looks at how the recession will restructure governments in the Atlanta area.
Mar 23, 2010   The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
You have heard it, or seen it, before. A developer comes in for a presubmittal meeting, and he is excited. He has the best project your city has ever seen, and, when all is said and done, he insists that the city will never be the same. And he’s right. Opinion
Dec 16, 2008   By Justin Steinmann
With energy and the economy both causing headaches, 2008 has been a big year for local governments recognizing and planning for peak oil. Finding a way forward in a future of constrained energy will require much of planners.
Dec 11, 2008   Post Carbon Cities Blog
<p>If buildings are responsible for almost half of the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, then our energy and building codes are incredibly important tools attaining energy and climate sanity.</p>
Jul 11, 2008   Gristmill
<p>This article from <em>The Washington Post</em> looks at what local municipalities are doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.</p>
May 6, 2008   The Washington Post