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Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Harnessing Government Technology for Good

Ben Hecht | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

It's no surprise that technology has changed how people interact and redefined our notion of community. What you may not know is the extent to which g...

Why We All Should Care About the Mayoral Race in Jackson, Mississippi

asha bandele | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
asha bandele

For those of us living far from the south, discussions of Mississippi may make us recall the Civil Rights Movement, some period in time we now think more likely relevant in a history book. But believing that couldn't be more wrong.

The Inevitability of Transparency as the New Paradigm of Government

David K. Rehr | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Republicans have an incentive to embrace transparency because it will lead to more efficient government and they will have something "new" to campaign on. Frankly, just talking about balanced budgets and tax cuts do not have the same voter impact they have had in the 1980s.

Separation of Powers: Still Alive and Well in NYC

David Nocenti | Posted 03.05.2014 | New York
David Nocenti

Some have reported Mayor de Blasio's efforts to influence the Speaker race with all the shock and dismay of Louis Renault discovering that there was gambling going on in Rick's Café as he received his winnings. Fortunately, the reports of the death of an autonomous City Council have been greatly exaggerated.

The Mayor of Mayors

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Whether in your home town, your place of work, house of worship or social network, we all bear the responsibility and possess the opportunity to bring some light to our environments and our world.

The Tea Party Want to Take Down Our Cities and the Economy at the Same Time

Steven Fulop | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Steven Fulop

The destruction of policies that have been so important to urban life won't just hurt the cities, it will hurt the economy as a whole.

Smarter Spending Through Participatory Budgeting

Sam Liccardo | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Sam Liccardo

Who knows what your neighborhood needs better -- you or City Hall? Participatory Budgeting, a powerful new tool employed by innovative cities around the world is answering that question for millions of urban residents.

New York City Forges Ahead Digitally: 2012 in Review

Rachel Sterne | Posted 04.09.2013 | New York
Rachel Sterne

New York City's digital future is brighter than ever, thanks to landmark advances over the past year in Internet access, education, open data, engagem...

All I Want for Christmas

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.23.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

All I want for Christmas is a society that is not so confused about how to protect its children from appalling harm.

Summer Reading for Urban Leaders

Lee Fisher | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Lee Fisher

It may be a bit harder to get through multiple books now that the summer is ending, but for urban leaders, three recent books are worth reading even after Labor Day. Each offers some provocative insight about what's happening in American cities, why, and what we might do about it.

Want To Change Your City? Check Your City Vitals

Lee Fisher | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Lee Fisher

It is clear that there is no one thing that will increase the prosperity of a city, but there are measurable indicators that cities can focus on to maximize their potential in a global economy.

Code For America

Ariel Charney | Posted 09.03.2012 | Technology
Ariel Charney

On a day set aside to reflect on what our country means to us, we're calling on all Americans to think about what they can freely do to make our cities better. Let's ask not what our cities can do for us, but what we can do for our cities.

Five Apps to Make NYC Greener: Built in a Weekend

Rachel Sterne | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Rachel Sterne

Can an app make New York City greener? It can if it influences the little decisions that New Yorkers make every day -- things like recycling a bottle instead of throwing it in the trash, or biking to work instead of driving.

The Wrath Of Grapes: Oklahoma City MAPS Its Future

Mick Cornett | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Mick Cornett

While we see the national economic numbers like everyone else and understand the challenges facing many American cities, these are good days in Oklahoma City. We found a concept that works here: investing in ourselves.

Saving Our Communities and the Nation Starts from the Ground Up

Sam Adams | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Sam Adams

I help lead one of America's cities -- Portland, Oregon. It is known for being a well-planned city. It's not. At least, not as well as we want it to be. And not as well planned as every American city must be.

NYC's Digital Roadmap: 2011 in Review

Rachel Sterne | Posted 03.13.2012 | New York
Rachel Sterne

In July 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Katherine Oliver announced that the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment would include NYC Digital. Last January, NYC Digital launched and we hit the ground running.

In New Haven, an Occupy Encampment Stays Alive and Keeps Inequality on the Agenda

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics
Nathan Robinson

The city is not only one of the most Occupier-permissive in the country, but is one of the places where an occupation might do the most good.

Michigan Town Tearing Out Its Streetlights In Cost-Cutting Measure

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.07.2012 | Business

The economic slowdown has put countless people out of work and eliminated millions of dollars in homeowner wealth. States and cities haven't been immu...

National League Of Cities: City Governments Cutting Staff, Stopping Construction, As Revenue Dries Up

AP | By DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 11.28.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- More than half of U.S. cities have cut staff, canceled construction projects or raised fees this year, according to a report from the Na...

Transit data drives economic engine for open government

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Today in New York City, the attendees of TransportationCamp will look for ways to build a better to and fro. Technologists, trains fans, government ...

O'Reilly Media's Laurel Ruma on Open Government

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

Many of us have heard about open government -- this is where government from all levels make their services available online. In addition to making...