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33 U.S. Cities Have Restricted Feeding The Homeless In Past Year Alone: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact

When the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) began publishing which American cities have restricted publicly feeding homeless people, it believe...

The Time is Ripe for a Nonprofit Revolution

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Local government leaders can help to foster successful solutions in their communities by providing an environment that welcomes and encourages the contributions of nonprofit partners.

Empowered Local Government is the Best Foundation for Democracy

Roger Myerson | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Roger Myerson

Trusted democratic leadership can develop best in responsible institutions of local government, where successful local leaders can prove their qualifications to become strong competitive candidates for higher office.

The Democrats Need a Tea Party

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

The Tea Party pushes the Republicans to the right. The Democrats need a party to push them to the left.

Can Democrats Quick-Pitch Obamacare?

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Go to a local government debate and you get the issue of wasteful spending. Cue the Republicans and the rant starts about union contracts and the whi...

Donations by Government Contractors and Lobbyists in Local Politics

Ben Berkowitz | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Ben Berkowitz

We have a strict policy at SeeClickFix that myself and my full-time co-founders can not donate to local politicians. SeeClickFix is a city contractor,...

Practical Tips for Cities Looking to Innovate with Open311

Lily Liu | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Lily Liu

Here are five ways that local governments looking to take advantage of Open311 can strike a balance between innovation and pragmatism.

The Greatest American (Climate) Heroes

Lou Leonard | Posted 05.05.2013 | Green
Lou Leonard

While you're waiting for the chance to hold our timid Washington leaders accountable, vote for a real climate hero and catch a glimpse of an amazing future just waiting for us to choose it.

Big Data Gets Personal in U.S. Cities

Ben Hecht | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Hecht

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoBig and open data is not just about tracking consumer habits and improving organizational effectiveness. Though certainly these things are important, we cannot miss the opportunity to harness this movement to move the needle on social problems that have long seemed intractable.

Take the Citizenville Challenge With California Lieutenant Governor Newsom and Code for America

Abhi Nemani | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Abhi Nemani

Local governments across the country are starting to embrace innovation as a core tenet of the way they work. That's why California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Code for America are launching the Citizenville Challenge.

Stop 'Lasagna-Like' Govenment

Chad Goerner | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Chad Goerner

As we move toward the end of 2012, municipalities across New York and New Jersey are dealing with the aftermath of a devastating hurricane and signifi...

Climate Jobs? No Problem

William S. Becker | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Contrary to popular wisdom, our carbon glide path is not due mainly to less economic activity during the recession, or the slow recovery, or the rapidly increasing use of natural gas.

Minneapolis Acts on Employment Equity

Sarah Treuhaft | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Sarah Treuhaft

Minneapolis recently became the first city in the nation to adopt a resolution promoting racial equity in employment.

Local Governments and National Security Policy

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

This squeeze upon localities has led to a gathering revolt. Dozens of local jurisdictions have passed resolutions that call for ending the U.S. military role in Iraq and Afghanistan, reducing the Pentagon budget, and funding domestic programs.

Has Decentralization Worked?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The real question is not whether decentralization has worked or not, but whether there is something in common among the cases where it has. There is.

The Future President of Palestine

David Weiss | Posted 10.13.2012 | World
David Weiss

Even people who may seem too young to understand the issues affecting their country today are doing their part and working toward a more peaceful and prosperous future for the Palestinian people.

Local Governments Do Not 'Like' Facebook's New Page Name Policy

Steve Ressler | Posted 10.06.2012 | Technology
Steve Ressler

The popular social media site is cracking down on their page management policy, and according to their Facebook page terms, name guidelines must not consist solely of generic terms such as "beer," "pizza," and now geographic locations such as the "City of Olathe, KS."

The Power And Promise Of Local Government

Joey Durel | Posted 10.01.2012 | Impact
Joey Durel

As a mayor, I am fortunate to live in a very forward thinking community. I strongly believe that as state and federal governments grow and become less manageable, people need to look to local government for real solutions and real answers.

Thanks to Kelly Thomas, Fullerton's Future Is Now

John Mirisch | Posted 09.24.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Don't tell the good people of Fullerton, California that "you can't fight City Hall." Not only did they fight City Hall, they changed it.

Welcome to [Your City's] Customer Service Center

Angel Kittiyachavalit | Posted 09.16.2012 | Impact
Angel Kittiyachavalit

Do you ever think about how the city keeps track of potholes? How they know when street lights need to be fixed? Cities are extremely complex. So how do they manage it all?

Local Governments' Financial Woes Putting Retirees' Benefits At Risk

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

By Joan Gralla July 2 (Reuters) - U.S. states and localities have run up more than $2 trillion of unfunded pension lia...

Community Power vs. the Kochs

Aaron Bartley | Posted 07.07.2012 | Green
Aaron Bartley

While the oil and gas lobby dominates at the federal level, communities across the United States are making great strides in gaining control of energy production by advancing an impressive range of renewable projects.

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.

Participatory Budgeting Lets Citizens Experiment With Economic Democracy

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Who'd have thought that voting to add trash cans on the street or renovate public housing could be a democratic milestone?

Why Are We Letting Local Governments Go Broke?

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Steven Cohen

We've experienced a three-decade long attack on government. While this may have had the effect of constraining unchecked power, it has also started to destroy critical government capacities. This has been especially true at the local level.