Public Services

Aerial view of low-rise neighborhood near ocean in South Bay, Los Angeles, California.

Enhancing Public Services to LA's Unincorporated Areas

The County of Los Angeles recently launched a website to better connect residents of unincorporated areas to information and municipal services offered by the county.

February 20, 2024 - County of Los Angeles

Paid Parking

Charging for Parking to Finance Public Services

Donald Shoup, Quan Yuan, and Xin Jiang guest blog about their recent article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

December 13, 2016 - JPER

Improved Public Services a Beneficial By-Product of Detroit Bankruptcy

The addition of 50 new police cars, ramped up bus service, and long overdue streetlight repairs are all being planned as bankruptcy proceedings allow Detroit to increase funding for public services.

July 29, 2013 - Detroit Free Press

Why We'll Likely See a Lot More Urban-Oriented Protests in the Future

If there's one common thread uniting the recent protests in Brazil and Turkey, it's the growing inequality evident in cities, and the inability (or disinterest) of the public sector in bridging that gap through public services.

June 27, 2013 - The Daily Beast

Local Governments Work Together to Fight Recession

Chuck Raasch looks at how combining services can help local governments "to capitalize on the economics of scale and offset declining revenue since the Great Recession."

October 23, 2012 - USA Today

Detroit Focuses on its Healthiest 'Hoods

Officials in Detroit have unveiled plans to taper off public services in certain parts of town unlikely to see their populations rebound and to focus on areas likely to recover.

July 31, 2011 - The Detroit News

Varying Levels of Distress and Service in Detroit

In a newly announced effort, different parts of Detroit will receive different levels of public services based on projections of whether or not they're expected to grow in the future.

July 28, 2011 - The Christian Science Monitor

Who Picks Up the Slack When Counties Dissolve?

As timber payments dry up, two Oregon counties are warning that they could dissolve in a year, leaving many in the state wondering how to provide services for residents.

July 15, 2008 - The Oregonian

Services Lacking in the Servants' Slums

Upwardly-mobile city dwellers in India are heavily reliant on the neighboring slums that house their servants. But many public services are lacking beyond the walls of the affluent developments.

June 10, 2008 - The New York Times

Providing Public Services a Challenge for Karachi's Mayor

Tackling urban infrastructure problems in Karachi, Pakistan, is an uphill battle for Mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal. With few services, continuing violence and a rising population, he has his work more than cut out for him.

June 3, 2008 - NPR

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