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Will Jordanians seriously consider decentralisation?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The never-ending search for an appropriate democratic model in Jordan continues without any result. Popular protests sped up the debate while the cur...

Courting Capital in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

Established in 2006 by USAID but now an independent organization, NALED is devoted to promoting economic development in Serbia.

Dear FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, "1 Gigabit City (Municipality) Challenge?" -- Ha, Ha, Ha...

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Maybe if the FCC actually cared about data and not hype the FCC would actually be respected, instead of being considered a punch line of a bad joke.

Quality Neighborhoods Citywide Essential to Stronger Detroit

Benny Napoleon | Posted 03.05.2013 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

As Detroiters, we embrace our city's non-residential stakeholders. We embrace the fact that many are rooting for us; understanding that we will never have a thriving state of Michigan, or southeast region without a vibrant city of Detroit.

Getting the Lights Is a Priority

Gary A. Brown | Posted 11.09.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

There are 88,000 street lights operated by the city. More than half of these are out on any given day. I believe most Detroiters want their lights on, regardless of who repairs them.

Share Your Voice in Our Future by Voting Tuesday

Benny Napoleon | Posted 11.02.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

The future of our nation, Michigan and Wayne County rests with you and other voters. Do not give up your right to vote! I encourage you to become familiar with your ballot by reviewing it online and deeply considering each candidate and issue.

Why Economic Growth Happens in Some Places and Not in Others?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.01.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Have you ever wondered why, sometimes, poverty continues to increase in countries that grow super-fast? Take the case of India, a model of economic take-off.

Textile Recycling: (Don't) Curb Your Enthusiasm

Mattias Wallander | Posted 12.31.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

It looks like cities are finally taking note that recycling textiles doesn't just cost them -- but could actually help them earn too.

'I'm A Piece Of Garbage As Far As These People Are Concerned'

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 10.08.2012 | Business

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Army veteran Don Matyja was getting by alright on the streets of this city tucked in Southern California suburbia until he got t...

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.

Report: Rating Agency Drastically Underreporting Muni Defaults

The Washington Post | Danielle Douglas | Posted 08.16.2012 | Business

Defaults on municipal bonds for decades have been far higher than reported by rating agencies, bringing into question the true risk of a common inves...

'This Could Get Ugly In A Hurry'

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.11.2012 | Business

The news on Wednesday that cities and states are suing some of the world's largest banks over Libor manipulation shows how this scandal could blow up ...

State, Local Governments Took Home Most Money In Decades

Reuters | Posted 05.22.2012 | Business

By Lisa Lambert March 22 (Reuters) - State and local government tax revenue rose in the final quarter of 2011 to the highest level on ...

The Great Unraveling: Municipal Bankruptcies?

Richard Brodsky | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

For the first time, local elected officials are talking about default or delay on loan payments, and about bankruptcy as a legitimate way out of their fiscal messes.

From Local Officials To Wall Street Blame For County Bankruptcy Casts Wide Net

Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

From corrupt and incompetent local officials to Wall Street's credit crisis and toxic bonds, there was plenty of blame to go around on Thursday, a...

Wells Fargo To Pay Millions For Rigging Bidding Wars

AP | By DAVID PITT | Posted 01.08.2012 | Business

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Wells Fargo & Co. said Tuesday it has agreed to pay at least $37 million in a lawsuit which alleges several banks rigged bidding c...

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...

Harrisburg Council Approves Bankruptcy Filing

AP | MARK SCOLFORO | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's distressed capital city filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, citing "imminent jeopardy" from lawsuits related to a d...

NY Times: Debt Deal Does 'Real Damage' At The Local Level

The New York Times | Editors | Posted 10.14.2011 | Business

States and cities had already endured a harrowing three-year financial slide when the debt-ceiling crisis darkened their outlooks even further. In the...

Spain's Local, Regional Governments Running Out Of Money

AP | By ALAN CLENDENNING | Posted 10.14.2011 | Business

MORATALLA, Spain -- In this hillside town, topped by a medieval castle and surrounded by olive groves, the 120 municipal workers haven't been paid sin...

Small Town America Pushes Back Against Cuts To Local Services

The Wall Street Journal | Kate Linebaugh | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

Around the country public officials are asking themselves similar questions. Plunging property-tax receipts and rising pension and health-care costs h...

The Clean Economist: The Utility of Utilities

Alison Wise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alison Wise

In past generations, we made assumptions about our economy that fit with the spirit of those times. This 20th century spirit is now haunting our present -- and threatening our future.

America's Challenges: A Crumbling Infrastructure

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

How many more natural disasters will occur in America? And can they be prevented? Action must be taken now to identify, fund and correct our infrastructure deficiencies before they cause the senseless loss of more lives.

Toxic Waters: Clean Water Laws Neglected At A Cost To Health

The New York Times | CHARLES DUHIGG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Jennifer Hall-Massey knows not to drink the tap water in her home near Charleston, W.Va. In fact, her entire family tries to avoid any contact wit...