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.






  • 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

  • GOV - Socrata Webinar -- 3 of 4 - 7/14/2015
  • July 14, 2015
  • Government leaders across the country are stewards of extraordinary amounts of data. While the open data movement is sweeping through city halls and statehouses, making the data useful to citizens, developers, reporters and researchers will be what differentiates agencies seeking genuine transparency and citizen engagement.




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