Future in Context

Thomas Jefferson, Epidemics and His Vision for American Cities

Jefferson's experience with the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 reinforced his dislike of cities and shaped a radical plan for the development of a new nation that even included his concept of urban design.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  April 1, 2020
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Coronavirus Has Potential to Reshape Government Technology

The coronavirus crisis has made it clear that technology is essential to continuity of government. CIOs may see more of their wish lists fulfilled, but investing in IT will be tough with budgets heading south.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 2, 2020
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Property Tax Collectors, Give Folks a Break!

Delaying fast-approaching property-tax deadlines would help Americans facing economic stress, and it wouldn't be that costly for local governments.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  April 2, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Lessons on Governing from the World’s Extreme Economies

A new book's exploration of how places that have been battered by powerful forces have succeeded or failed has much to teach us about our own communities.

By Ryan Coonerty, Santa Cruz County Supervisor  |  April 2, 2020
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Boston Mayor Keeps City Up to Date on Coronavirus with Tech

The city has launched a number of data-enabled digital applications over the past few weeks as a way of keeping residents updated about the public health crisis rippling across the state.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  April 2, 2020
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Community Inspires Mayor to Serve with Integrity

His passion for authentic relationships helps Bryan Barnett to excel as mayor of Rochester Hills and as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Even in a time when the nation is without strategy, he continues to lead with integrity.


The number of seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims as of March 28, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor. This is the highest level of seasonally adjusted initial claims in history.

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