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Survey: Most Mayors Fail to Link Zoning and Homelessness

Despite the powerful impact of local land use and zoning policies on housing costs and supply, many U.S. mayors believe they have little control over homelessness in their cities.

January 31, 2023 - Governing

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Survey: Mayors Concerned About Direct Impacts of Climate Change

Almost all U.S. mayors have some level of concern about climate change in their communities, but local leaders face some challenges in taking action.

January 22, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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State of the Cities: Mayors Focused on Infrastructure, Economic Development

Mayors around the country are pledging to bolster infrastructure projects with new federal funding, generate economic growth, and support the most vulnerable residents.

June 28, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

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Where Mayors Want to Spend Federal Aid

An annual survey reveals that mayors want to prioritize spending federal funding on homelessness, transportation, and social services.

December 6, 2021 - Route Fifty

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Mayors Define the 'Smart City'

As the pandemic forces cities to redefine their priorities, mayors around the country express their plans and hopes for technology and the 'smart city' of the future.

November 8, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive

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Covid Burnout Causing Mayoral Turnover

A large number of local leaders are leaving office ahead of schedule; many report Covid burnout as the cause of their departure.

April 15, 2021 - The New York Times

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Many Mayors Don't Expect Public Realm Changes to Stick, Survey Says

A third of mayors surveyed said that despite increased outdoor activity, many of the changes made in the public realm during the pandemic won't be a part of a new normal.

April 5, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive


Bloomberg Funds New 'Center for Cities' at Harvard

The $150-million endowment will expand the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and develop capacity-building programs for mayors and city leaders.

March 10, 2021 - Forbes

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Most Mayors Share Similar Priorities in Coronavirus Recovery

Infrastructure investment tops the list of common priorities for COVID recovery among mayors surveyed.

October 8, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

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State of the Cities 2019

The National League of Cities has released their annual analysis of the top issues mayors are talking about in the United States.

May 27, 2019 - CityLab

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The First Mayor to Become President?

Pete Buttigieg, in his eighth and final year as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a formerly shrinking Rust Belt city, is on a roll in his bid to capture the Democratic nomination to challenge President Trump next year. The Indy Star looks at his record.

April 3, 2019 - The Indianapolis Star

Solar and Wind Energy

Op-Ed: Cities Leading the Charge to 100 Percent Clean Energy

Four mayors hammer home the point that moving to 100 percent clean energy on the municipal level is environmentally, economically, and politically desirable.

December 26, 2018 - Next City

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San Francisco's Next Mayor a Self-Described 'Pro-Housing' Politician With Support From YIMBYs

London Breed is the first African American female elected mayor of San Francisco, and she brings high hopes that a pro-development approach can help mitigate the city's housing affordability crisis.

June 18, 2018 - Medium

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When 160 Mayors Talk About the State of the City

An annual report aggregates the State of the City speeches of mayors all over the country.

June 2, 2018 - National League Of Cities

City Hall

The Winning Pitches From SXSW's Civic Tech Event

Mayors chose these winners based on their potential to benefit local governments and communities.

March 26, 2018 - Route Fifty

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Mayors and Governors Can Do More on Climate Change Than Just to Denounce Trump

The Paris Agreement gave public officials an opportunity to criticize the President on his climate denial, but these statements ring truer when the officials seek out climate solutions at home as well.

June 5, 2017 - Business Insider

San Francisco City Hall

Analyzing 2017's 'State of the City' Addresses

The National League of Cities has released its annual report aggregating the "State of the City" speeches from over 100 U.S. mayors, revealing the ambitions and concerns of the nation's local leadership.

May 31, 2017 - Next City

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What Mayors Talk About When Everyone Is Listening

An annual report analyzing the "State of the City" speeches of 100 mayors finds remarkable consistency in messaging.

July 19, 2016 - Next City

Drinking Water

Mayoral Survey Reveals Deep Anxiety Over Infrastructure

The headline from Politico's recent survey of mayors says it all: mayors fear that there will be more public health disasters like Flint to come if the nation doesn't coordinate to prioritize infrastructure.

May 2, 2016 - Politico Magazine

Survey Reveals Mayoral Support of Bike Infrastructure

The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently released the results of the 2015 Menino Survey of Mayors, which finds political support for bike lanes has reached the highest ranks of local government.

February 3, 2016 - People for Bikes

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