Columns & Blogs





  • The Wrong Ways to Elect America's Mayors
  • Holding partisan mayoral elections ensures low voter turnout and disenfranchises vast numbers of voters. So does voting in odd-numbered years. We need to re-think how we approach these important elections.





  • How to Stop a City's Cycle of Decline
  • Troubled cities need to look honestly at their trajectory and forecast for the future -- or else they may become the next Detroit.


  • Meter Shock in Cincinnati
  • Privatizing parking meters was a disaster for Chicago. So why is Cincinnati doing it?




  • What's New in Cities ... and What's Truly New
  • Some of the changes we are seeing just make the old more efficient. But some will have a much deeper impact, and governments that apply old ways of thinking to them will be making a big mistake.

Events & Webinars


  • City as a System: The Unseen Infrastructure That Can Make or Break Smart Cities
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  • At FutureStructure we believe that cities will be the proving ground for innovative infrastructure development. By 2050 more than 70 percent of the global population will live in cities. This will mark a fundamental shift in human civilization. It also means it is critical for city and regional governments to invest now in sustainability and resiliency. Doing that means taking a hard look at our cities’ water, waste and energy systems.



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