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Missing middle housing: Responding to demand for urban living, Dan Parolek, January 18th, 2038. Read more.

Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development - Executive Summary, Kalima Rose, Milly Hawk Daniel, and Jeremy Liu, PolicyLink, March 14th, 2017. Read more.

Webinar: Actions Local Jurisdictions Can Take to Protect Immigrants and Refugees, Government Alliance on Race and Equity, February 27th, 2017. Read more.

Elected Officials and Recent ICE Raids, National Immigration Law Center, February 11th, 2017. Read more.

Reinforcing and Expanding City Immigration Policy for All Columbus Residents, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, City of Columbus OH, February 3rd, 2017. Read more.

Legal Steps Sanctuary Cities Can Take If They Lose Federal Funding, Lisa Soronen, Cities Speak, January 27th, 2017. Read more.

The Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy, Tom K. Wong, Center for American Progress, January 26th, 2017. Read more.

Guide and Map of Sanctuary Cities, Jasmine Lee, Rudy Omri, and Julia Preston, New York Times, January 25th, 2017. Read more.

New York Attorney General Guide to Protecting Immigrant Communities, New York Attorney General, January 19th, 2017. Read more.

Why the Push for Autonomous Vehicles Should Slow Down, John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, January 10th, 2017. Read more.

Why ‘Cardominiums’ Should Be in Our Driverless Future, Brian C. Willis, Governing, January 10th, 2017. Read more.

Breaking Down the Financial Impact of Self-Driving Cars, Frank Shafroth, Governing, January 1st, 2017. Read more.

Autonomous vehicles: a potential game changer for urban mobility, International Association of Public Transport, January 1st, 2017. Read more.

Guide to Value Capture Financing for Public Transportation Projects, Sasha Page, Bill Bishop, and Waiching Wong, Transit Cooperative Research Program; Transportation Research Board; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, January 1st, 2017. Read more.

3 Bumps on the Road Ahead for Shared Autonomous Vehicles, Laura Bliss, CityLab, December 28th, 2016. Read more.

Guide to and Analysis of America’s Sanctuary Cities, Lena Graber, Nikki Marquez, et al, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, December 19th, 2016. Read more.

National Map of Sanctuary Cities, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, December 19th, 2016. Read more.

Driverless Vehicles Could Help Rochester Commute, Andrew Setterholm, Post Bulletin, December 19th, 2016. Read more.

Could Sacramento become the nation’s hub for testing self-driving cars?, Tony Bizjak, The Sacramento Bee, December 15th, 2016. Read more.

Local Options for Protecting Immigrants, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, December 14th, 2016. Read more.

Urban Transportation’s Camel Problem, Joe Cortright, City Observatory, December 12th, 2016. Read more.

Automated vehicles will bring big highway capacity increases, Eric Sundquist, State Smart Transportation Initiative, December 12th, 2016. Read more.

Driving Towards Driverless: A Guide for Government Agencies, Lauren Isaac, WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff, December 1st, 2016. Read more.

Uber, Peduto encourage local officials to embrace autonomous vehicles, Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 19th, 2016. Read more.

What $2.8 Billion Could Do for Atlanta Transit, Josh Cohen, Next City, November 14th, 2016. Read more.

Sound Transit 3 Opens Big Lead with Support in King, Snohomish Counties, Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times, November 10th, 2016. Read more.

From Liberty Lake to Cheney, Cities Across County Passed STA Transit Tax, Mike Prager, The Spokesman-Review, November 9th, 2016. Read more.

LADWP Equity Metrics Resolution, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, November 9th, 2016. Read more.

Greensboro Voters Pass 4 Bonds by Wide Margin, Margaret Moffett, N&R Greensboro.com, November 8th, 2016. Read more.

The 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, November 1st, 2016. Read more.

Alameda County Bond Measures Target Housing Crisis, Tammerlin Drummond, East Bay Times, October 27th, 2016. Read more.

Fostering Resilience Equity Panel - Notes, October 26th, 2016. Read more.

Michael Bloomberg’s Plan to Get Cities Ready for Self-driving Cars, Brian Fung, Washington Post, October 24th, 2016. Read more.

Do Driverless Cars Favor Urban or Suburban Life?, Henry Grabar, Future Tense, September 29th, 2016. Read more.

The price of autonomous cars: why it matters, Joe Cortright, City Observatory, September 29th, 2016. Read more.

The Bicyclists’ Manifesto for an Autonomous Vehicle Future, William Riggs and Michael R. Boswell, Planetizen, September 13th, 2016. Read more.

Why We Need to Move Away From Jailing the Mentally Ill, Jane Wiseman and Stephen Goldsmith, Governing, September 2nd, 2016. Read more.

Mental Health Workers Join Denver Police Officers to Help Divert People to Treatment Instead of Jail, Jennifer Brown, The Denver Post, September 2nd, 2016. Read more.

Housing First Checklist: Assessing Projects and Systems for a Housing First Orientation, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness , September 1st, 2016. Read more.

Autonomous Vehicle Implementation Predictions, Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, September 1st, 2016. Read more.

’Mental Health First Aid’: Chirlane McCray on How NYC is Fixing the System, Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News, August 26th, 2016. Read more.

Zero Waste is a Local Solution to Climate Change, Ecocycle Solutions, August 10th, 2016. Read more.

Development Without Displacement, The Scenic Route, Transportation for America, August 10th, 2016. Read more.

Funding Sources for Public Art, Project for Public Spaces, August 10th, 2016. Read more.

Self-driving cars are increasingly ready for cities. Are cities ready for self-driving cars?, Elliot Njus, The Oregonian, August 5th, 2016. Read more.

Cities Finally Realize They Don’t Need to Require So Much Damn Parking, Ben Adler, Grist, August 2nd, 2016. Read more.

Urban Planners’ New Enemy, Alan Ehrenhalt, Governing, August 1st, 2016. Read more.

Creative Placemaking? What Is It That You Do?, ArtPlace, July 23rd, 2016. Read more.

NACTO Policy Statement on Automated Vehicles, National Association of City Transportation Officials, June 22nd, 2016. Read more.

Could autonomous vehicles ease congestion?, Paul Mackie, Green Biz, June 22nd, 2016. Read more.

Integrated Water Management
Integrated Water Management, Mel Meder and Satya Rhodes-Conway, June 15th, 2016. Full report.

Integrated Water Management Resource Center, American Rivers, June 1st, 2016. Read more.

Declining Childhood Obesity Rates: Where Are We Seeing Signs of Progress?, Health Policy Snapshot, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, June 1st, 2016. Read more.

Affordable Housing Policies: An Overview, Anastasia Kalugina, Cornell Real Estate Review, June 1st, 2016. Read more.

Taxing Sugar to Fund a City, Mark Bittman, The New York Times, May 25th, 2016. Read more.

A Pittsburgh that Works for Working People
A Pittsburgh that Works for Working People, Satya Rhodes-Conway, Laura Dresser, Mel Meder, and Mary Ebeling, May 23rd, 2016. Full report.

Judge Upholds SF’s Pioneering Law on Sugary Beverage Ads, Bob Egelko, SFGate, May 17th, 2016. Read more.

Do Local Governments Have a Role to Play in Mental Health?, Eillie Anzilotti, CityLab, April 19th, 2016. Read more.

The City Upstream and Down: How Integrated Water Management Can Help Cities Thrive, American Rivers, April 18th, 2016. Read more.

Targeted Rental Licensing Programs: A Strategic Overview, Jessica A. Bacher, American Bar Association, April 7th, 2016. Read more.

The high and hidden costs of parking requirements, Daniel Hertz, City Commentary, April 4th, 2016. Read more.

Exploring the Ways Arts and Culture Intersects with Housing, Danya Sherman, ArtPlace America, April 1st, 2016. Read more.

Handbook on Urban Infrastructure Finance, Julie Kim, New Cities Foundation, April 1st, 2016. Read more.

Ideas Worth Stealing: Parking benefit districts, Keystone Crossroads, March 28th, 2016. Read more.

To Preserve Affordable Housing in the United States: A Policy History, Alexander von Hoffman, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, March 1st, 2016. Read more.

Best Practices in Designing Local Taxes on Sugary Drinks, ChangeLab Solutions and Healthy Food America, March 1st, 2016. Read more.

Stalled out: How Empty Parking Spaces Diminish Neighborhood Affordability, Center for Neighborhood Technology, March 1st, 2016. Read more.

Building America While Building Our Middle Class: Best Practices for P3 Infrastructure Projects, In The Public Interest and Partnership for Working Families, March 1st, 2016. Read more.

VA Programs for Homeless Veterans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, March 1st, 2016. Read more.

Affordable Rental Housing Development in the For-Profit Sector: A Case Study of MBS, Rachel G. Bratt, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, March 1st, 2016. Read more.

How Cities Can Get Smart: 6 Tips from Local CIOs, Ben Miller, Government Technology, February 26th, 2016. Read more.

Leveraging New Transportation Technology to Increase Affordable Housing, Kevin DeGood, Inside Sources, February 17th, 2016. Read more.

Building Energy Codes: Policy Overview and Good Practices, Sadie Cox, Clean Energy Solutions Center, February 1st, 2016. Read more.

Creating Good Jobs & Opportunity in Our Cities: Procurement as Economic Development, Nikki Fortunato Bas, Partnership for Working Families, January 22nd, 2016. Read more.

Ten Actions for Cities + Towns, The Center for Neighborhood Technology, January 8th, 2016. Read more.

5 Things Mayors Can Do to Create Healthier Communities, Alyia Gaskins, Cities Speak, January 5th, 2016. Read more.

The UK Big Data Project Playing Moneyball to Build Smarter Cities, Katie Allen, The Guardian, January 3rd, 2016. Read more.

City Implements New Recycling, Compost Requirements for Homeowners, Property Managers and Businesses, City of Boulder, CO, January 1st, 2016. Read more.

What Works Cities Brief: The City Hall Data Gap, Bloomberg Philanthropies, January 1st, 2016. Read more.

Lincoln, Nebraska: Leveraging the Power of the Purse to Advance Health Equity, City Spotlight, Institute for Youth, Education & Families, National League of Cities, 2016, January 1st, 2016. Read more.

The State of Homelessness in America 2016, The National Alliance to End Homelessness, January 1st, 2016. Read more.

The Affordable Housing Gap Analysis 2016, Andrew Aurand et al, National Low Income Housing Coalition, January 1st, 2016. Read more.

First-Episode Incarceration: Creating a Recovery-Informed Framework, Leah G. Pope, et al, Vera Institute of Justice, January 1st, 2016. Read more.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule Guidebook, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 31st, 2015. Read more.

Study reveals savings from smart parking, Adam Pitt, Cities Today, December 28th, 2015. Read more.

Led by Big Data (Part II), Sam Edelstein, Innovation Team, December 23rd, 2015. Read more.

A New Standard for What Works in City Government, Stephen Goldsmith, Governing, December 21st, 2015. Read more.

In Boston, Tracking Data to Score Government Progress, PBS Newshour, December 19th, 2015. Read more.

How Boston’s Tech Department and Parking Officials Fixed the Nightmare Known as ‘Moving Day’, Susan Crawford, Backchannel , December 18th, 2015. Read more.

Berkeley Wins $1M Parking Grant to Fix ‘2-hour Shuffle’, Emilie Raguso, Berkeleyside, December 18th, 2015. Read more.

State Intervention Research Findings and Recommendations, Molly Murphy and Pia Nargundkar, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, December 9th, 2015. Read more.

Cincinnati Hopes More Minority-Owned Businesses Will Get a Piece of City projects, Oscar Perry Abello, Next City, December 9th, 2015. Read more.

Protecting Local Control: A Research and Messaging Toolkit, Kim Haddow, December 7th, 2015. Read more.

What Good Data and Good People can Accomplish, Stephen Goldsmith, Governing, December 4th, 2015. Read more.

7 Ideas for Using Government Data More Effectively, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Governing, December 1st, 2015. Read more.

The Top 5 Enforcement Tools for Local Minimum Wage Laws, National Employment Law Project, December 1st, 2015. Read more.

Raising the Bar: A short guide to landlord incentives and rental property regulation, Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress, December 1st, 2015. Read more.

Urban Planning in the Dawn of the Driverless Car, Daniel P. Hadley, www.danielphadley.com, November 25th, 2015. Read more.

How Governments Will Change to Better Serve Citizens in 2016, Maury Blackman, TechCrunch , November 24th, 2015. Read more.

Welcome to Somerville, the Smart City Where Traffic Vanishes and Cars Park Themselves, Paul Keskeyes, Architizer, November 20th, 2015. Read more.


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