Local Government

Presidential Campaign

For Transportation, Real Reform Can Only Happen at the State and Local Levels

Without buy-in for new ways of thinking at the state level, the presidential election is not likely to change much about the ways the United States plans and funds transportation infrastructure.

October 28, 2020 - theTransportPolitic


Counties and Cities Facing Sudden Dip in Property Tax Revenue

Property taxes have traditionally been viewed as recession-proof channels for local revenue, but first the Great Recession, and now the pandemic depression, are proving to be exceptions to the rule.

August 24, 2020 - Forbes

Antioch, California

Another Planning Commissioner Ousted After Coronavirus Controversy in California

Another cautionary tale of a planning commissioner that went too far during the social upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic, and has since been removed from their civic position.

May 13, 2020 - The Mercury News

Short North

Fiscal Effects of the Pandemic Depend on Tax Structures

Cities that rely on sales and income tax revenues to fund vital local services can expect immediate fiscal consequences from the coronavirus pandemic.

April 2, 2020 - Brookings

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Local Coronavirus Action Tracker

Broadcasting information about local actions, to share knowledge and information, and to help local leaders calibrate responses.

March 25, 2020 - National League Of Cities

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Planning and the Public Trust

The Go Cultivate! podcast recently discussed the question of public trust in local government planning.

May 21, 2019 - Strong Towns

Vacant Property

Shrinking Towns Seek the Right to Dissolve

Small jurisdictions in Pennsylvania are losing population and revenue, and some of them are ready to call it a day.

August 24, 2018 - Governing

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BART's Transit-Oriented Development Bill Sets Disturbing Precedent, Says APA

AB 2923, which would allow the Bay Area Rapid Transit District to rezone their properties near stations for transit-oriented development, passed its first committee. The California chapter of APA objects to the preemption of local land use authority.

April 23, 2018 - California Chapter of American Planning Association

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The Country's First Municipal Cryptocurrency Could Fund Affordable Housing

The city of Berkeley is exploring the sale of digital tokens—backed by municipal bonds—as a fundraising mechanism for affordable housing and other local priorities.

February 14, 2018 - Business Insider

As Affordability Worsens, State and Local Governments Act on their Own

New data points to the continued worsening of rental housing affordability. Due to a lack of federal response, some state and municipal governments are taking matters into their own hands in an attempt to add to their supply of affordable housing.

August 20, 2016 - Shelterforce/Rooflines

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Republican Attacks Shifting Focus Toward Cities

By focusing their criticism on the federal government, argues Jonathan Chait, Republicans fail to address the real problem: over-regulation on the state and local level.

October 26, 2015 - New York Magazine

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Popular in 2014: Increasing Transient Occupancy Taxes

Fourteen California municipalities attempted to increase their Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOTs) through ballot measures this November. Why are cities around the state looking to TOTs to increase revenues?

December 8, 2014 - Maayan Dembo

Local Climate Change Response Prevailing Over Federal Action

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.

September 3, 2014 - Brookings Institution

The Role Infrastructure Employment Plays Throughout The United States

Brookings illuminates which states rely heaviest on infrastructure for employment as local policymakers are struggling with reliable federal funding throughout the peak of construction season.

August 8, 2014 - Brookings Institute

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New Urbanism's Chief Regret?

In his fifth entry in a lengthy examination of the successes and failures of New Urbanism, Peter Katz looks at one of the movement's key blindspots: the failure to help improve the processes and practices of local governments.

May 30, 2013 - Better! Cities & Towns

UK cities, mayoral powers, and "tall poppy syndrome"

This morning over at Atlantic Cities, Richard Florida aptly refuted an opinion piece by Kevin Meagher that appeared in the Guardian last week advocating for doing away with the position of Mayor in London. Florida lays out several strong arguments in favor of a strong elected mayor who can act as an advocate for his or her city.

August 22, 2012 - Jess Zimbabwe

Historic Preservation Jobs Are Local

With Missouri's Historic Preservation Tax Credit on the chopping block, Citiography outlines seven reasons the state should keep this program. Creating local jobs is just one.

September 8, 2011 - Citiography

Government Control Vs. Individual Responsibility

Climate Central intern Ruthie Nachmany writes how one conference on energy envisions individuals taking a role in being energy efficient, while another conference prefers cities creating systems that can lead to energy efficiency.

July 13, 2011 - Climate Central

Federal Officals to Aid Recovery in Six Problematic U.S. Cities

Federal officials are being sent to work in six cities including Detroit, Cleveland and New Orleans to help coordinate local officials to "tap federal funds and leverage local and regional resources," The Wall Street Journal's Sharon Terlep reports.

July 13, 2011 - The Wall Street Journal

The Private Sector Approach to the Public Sector

This short series from Next American City looks at the emerging trend of entrepreneurs applying their own private-sector business savvy to the world of local government.

July 3, 2011 - Next American City

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.