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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...

Sacramento Mayor To Lead National Mayoral Group

AP | By FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that ...

De Blasio Joins Mayors Against Illegal Guns

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Thursday that he's joining the gun control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which was co-f...

2013 a Year for Green Accomplishments: Looking Ahead as New Mayors Take the Helm

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.16.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

If 2013 was the "year of the bike share," will 2014 see continued growth in both the number of bikes and riders? Or will the novelty wear off and costs go up?

Our 13 Favorite Books of 2013

Bruce Katz | Posted 03.01.2014 | Books
Bruce Katz

As 2013 comes to a close, here are 13 books (and a bonus e-book) you should investigate if you want to know more about why cities and metros matter, about the magnitude of the challenges that they are taking on, and about how they can do better.

Obama Meets With Mayors, Stresses Cities' Role In Job Growth

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the nation's cities are central to the economic progress of the United States and says he wants to wor...

24 Embarrassing Mayors Who Prove We're Better Than Canada At This

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

In a comically Canadian exchange, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to reporters Tuesday that he'd smoked crack during one of his "drunken stupors." ...

Hey cosmetics industry: get your plastic out of the Great Lakes!

OnEarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
OnEarth

By Susan Cosier, OnEarthGot an exfoliating face wash in your medicine cabinet? You might not know it, but that face wash--along, most likely, with som...

Is the Nation-State Really Dying?

John M. Eger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John M. Eger

After the last few weeks, Americans have lost patience with our Federal government and in fact, thoughtful observers like Benjamin Barber, author of I...

Obama, Mayors Discuss Youth Violence

AP | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with 18 city mayors to discuss ways to contain youth violence, quietly reviving an issue that once domin...

Time to End the Internet's Tax-Free Ride

Tom Cochran | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Tom Cochran

By leveling the playing field, all businesses will be able compete in a fair and equitable way. Brick and mortar stores will no longer be used as mere showrooms for merchandise that consumers end up purchasing online at a discount because of the absence of a sales tax.

Feds Hurting Economy With Move Against Municipal Bonds

Tom Cochran | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Tom Cochran

Buried in the pages of President Obama's most recent budget proposal is a provision that stands to severely undermine the economic health of local communities across the country.

National Day to Demand Action: Help Make Gun Safety Legislation a Reality

Thomas M. Menino | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics
Thomas M. Menino

America's mayors know firsthand the tragic price of inaction on this issue. We're the ones who get the call at 3 a.m. after one of our police officers has been shot and killed in the line of duty, or a young person's life has been cut short by a stray bullet.

20 Great Ideas From Cities That Could Change the Country

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Arianna Huffington

In recent years, as Washington has sunk further into a swamp of dysfunction, local leaders are rising to meet many of the toughest challenges facing the country -- from economic growth and environmental protection to public safety and poverty. Cities have become the new laboratories of democracy, and there are promising policy experiments happening all across the country. Solutions to many of our most pressing challenges will need to be pioneered in cities -- and, based on what is already happening, we have great faith and optimism that they will. Today, on behalf of The Huffington Post and Bloomberg Philanthropies, we are excited to launch a new platform that celebrates the boldness and creativity of mayors and cities across the country. Here you can weigh in and help choose the Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite -- the civic innovation that Americans most want to see succeed.

Ed Koch in Paris

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 04.08.2013 | New York
Joan Z. Shore

Jacques Chirac was elected mayor of Paris in 1977; Edward Koch was elected mayor of New York in 1978. The two were destined to meet just a few years later when Koch made a week-long visit to Paris -- specifically, to find out how another great metropolis was run.

Should Mayors Rule the World? Ed Koch Thought So and May Be Proved Right

Jim Sleeper | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Shouting and waving his arms throughout the 1980s, New York Mayor Ed Koch tried to make his city accept a harsh teaching that seemed incontrovertible to savants of municipal finance and governance at the time but may not hold now.

A City's True Innovation: When Discovery Meets Intention

Wanona Satcher | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Wanona Satcher

Cities, the engines of creativity and the drivers of diversity are extremely multi-dimensional. Our politics strive to reflect the ever-changing patterns of urban form, socio-economic shifts, trends, and technology. Or do they?

Economic Contrast for Cities

Mayor Anthony Foxx | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mayor Anthony Foxx

As mayors representing America's great cities, we look for a partner in the White House who will help us recover, rebuild and move forward. We have that partner -- and leader -- in President Barack Obama and we believe he has earned a second term.

2012 COUNTDOWN: Mayors Urge Obama, Romney To Get Real

Howard Fineman | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

If you want hope and change in politics, mayors offer tons of it. The key to success in their jobs, they say, is to avoid -- as indeed they do -- partisan bickering and focus on What Works.

Civic Marketing Trend: Mayors ARE the Brand

Patricia Martin | Posted 10.29.2012 | Business
Patricia Martin

Civic marketing is helping cities tap the economic benefits of expressing a brand identity. Art and technology are key assets in that equation, as I discovered while undertaking an ethnographic study of Houston's creative economy.

Partnering To Rebuild A Better America

Kasim Reed | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Kasim Reed

Public-private partnerships are promising opportunities to get domestic infrastructure funded by putting in a small amount of public funds to attract corporate investment. More importantly, such partnerships are crucial to putting more people back to work and creating a better Atlanta.

Cheney, Others Worry Over Looming Issue

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

By Lauren French and David Alexander WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Republican lawmakers on Tu...

U.S. Mayors Back Parents Seizing Control Of Schools

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2012 | Education

* Teachers' unions fiercely oppose "parent trigger" laws * Many Democratic mayors split with unions on issue * Opponents...

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.

Can D.C. Cops Foil Smartphone Robbers?

Georgiana Bloom | Posted 04.14.2012 | DC
Georgiana Bloom

Your chances of actually losing your life in the nation's capital have gone down. Murders are at an all-time low, according to D.C. crime statistics. But cellphone robberies are on the rise.