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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Chicago Unveils Plan for Its Post-Pandemic Recovery

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is looking past the immediate health and economic challenges to map out programs for the city's future. She has ambitious ideas about attracting wealth while also addressing racial inequities.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 10, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Legislative Watch: States Start Dismantling Systemic Racism

The national conversation about racism isn't about individual acts of violence or harassment, but about systems that perpetuate injustice. In the wake of recent protests, legislators have responded.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 10, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

The Pandemic Has Permanently Changed the Way We Work

A report finds that the coronavirus-caused shift to remote work has altered the idea of a workspace. Some are uncomfortable with returning to an office and many hope to continue working from home even after offices reopen.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  July 10, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

An Impossible Situation: Schools Will Reopen, but Can They Be Safe?

President Trump insists schools must reopen in the fall. It's a widely shared priority in terms of both childhood development and the economy, but there are serious challenges with the coronavirus still on the rise.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 9, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why Is Punishment the Favored Path to Public Safety?

Legal experts are questioning our current system of “law and order” based on punishment. They are calling for restorative justice programs that can demonstrate how investments in accountability yield rewards.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 9, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The New Electronic Soapbox and What It Means for Public Life

Smartphone-wielding citizens and the ease of video conferencing have largely taken the place of the public-access television of earlier decades. They raise new questions for public officials.

By Jabari Simama, Education and Government Columnist  |  July 9, 2020
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Assessments

Is Houston the American City of the Future?

A scholar who's been studying the place for half a century thinks so, and it does seem to be ahead of other cities in some respects. But there also are some ways it's behind the curve.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  July 8, 2020
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32.9 million

The number of Americans who were collecting unemployment checks in the third week of June. With 1.3 million workers applying for jobless aid last week, it’s a sign that the economy is slow to bounce back from the coronavirus’ impacts.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Kids and the Link Between Exercise and Racial Justice

We need to invest more in physical education and access to youth sports. For children of color, it's a way to tackle obesity and other health disparities while building their self-esteem.

By Tarik Kitson, Active Plus  |  July 8, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The Opportunity States Have to Attack Income Inequality

As they rebuild their education, health-care and tax systems after the devastation of COVID-19, they can take important steps that can significantly narrow income and wealth disparities.

By Raymond Scheppach, Former National Governors Association Executive Director  |  July 7, 2020
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In the Arena

Stockton’s New City Manager Sees an Opportunity During Troubled Times

A former Baltimore CFO and city manager for Cincinnati, Harry Black just started as Stockton’s city manager when the pandemic began, quickly followed by national protests. But with his extensive, unique career, he is ready to help the city succeed.

By Cathilea Robinett  |  July 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Public Pensions and the COVID-19 Fiscal Dilemma

Despite federal scaremongering about state and local pensions, the problem for now isn't their balance sheets. It's the budget vise that is likely to tempt some public employers to cut funding corners.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  July 7, 2020
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Stockton’s New City Manager Sees an Opportunity During Troubled Times

A former Baltimore CFO and city manager for Cincinnati, Harry Black just started as Stockton’s city manager when the pandemic began, quickly followed by national protests. But with his extensive, unique career, he is ready to help the city succeed.

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