Los Angeles Little Tokyo

The Four Horsemen of the 'Fiscal' Apocalypse

Rick Cole identifies the Four Horsemen of the 'Fiscal' Apocalypse: Cratering Revenue, Neglected Infrastructure, Pension Debt, and Community Need, as heralds ushering the reinvention of city services to meet the needs of today’s urban realities.

May 5, 2020 - The Planning Report

Chicago Rain

Editorial Sounds Alarms About the 'Illinois Exodus'

The Chicago Tribune sends a message to the political leadership of Illinois and Chicago about population decline, and its causes.

September 30, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

Valley Metro Rail

Phoenix's Future on the Ballot

Voters in Phoenix are already casting ballots in an election to be decided next week. Proposition 105 would end planned light extensions, and Proposition 106 would cap city spending.

August 22, 2019 - Arizona Republic

Adaptive Reuse

Author Discusses 'The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism'

An interview with Jeremy Nowak about how he thinks the new localism will shape 21st century urban places in an environment of municipal fiscal distress.

March 20, 2018 - Penn IUR Urban Link

How to Solve the Pension Challenge

Diana Lind of Next City poses five ways big cities can alleviate some of their pension funding problems.

November 16, 2014 - Next City

Signs of Recovery? Stockton, California Exits Bankruptcy

Stockton, California symbolized the worst effects of the Great Recession on local governments—not to mention, to some, California's decline.

November 3, 2014 - Governing

Developer Pins Los Angeles' Infrastructure Problems on Bureaucratic Bloat

According to developer and consultant Michael P. Russell, the city of Los Angeles has a chronic shortage of funds for infrastructure due to a bloated bureaucracy, small district city council elections, and term limits.

September 15, 2014 - UrbDeZine

Obstacles to a "Metropolitan Revolution"

In theory, cities might be able to revitalize their economies and infrastructure. But in reality, state governments can create all kinds of obstacles to city policy.

August 23, 2013 - Michael Lewyn

Municipal Bankruptcy Seen as a Strategy, Rather Than a Failure

Looking to get out from under one of the primary factors for financial distress - pension obligations - city leaders across the United States are viewing bankruptcy as "a valuable tool in a city’s financial toolbox," reports Liz Farmer.

March 7, 2013 - Governing

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