Leaning on the Land
More and more communities are considering reviving an old tax idea that’s been tried in only a few places.
As Governing’s urban policy writer, Brian covers a broad array of issues affecting the nation’s cities. Before joining Governing, Brian was an opinion editor with The Hill newspaper, where he focused on publishing op-eds on criminal justice, race and education. He also written extensively on police reform and public health.
From Boston to Miami, coastal cities are changing where and how developers can build in order to protect homes and property from future flooding.
It involves tweaking the tone and the look of letters home to parents.
But a handful of cities are starting to provide counsel in civil court.
Washington just became the first U.S. state to sanction "human composting," the latest eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial and cremation.
The city is the latest government to be targeted by hackers and forced to decide whether to pay to restore vital public services.
Initiative 300, a first-of-its-kind ballot measure that even divided advocates for the homeless, failed on Tuesday by an overwhelming margin.
The city keeps getting slapped for the poor condition of its public housing. Nothing has changed so far.
With 8,700 low-income communities competing for private investment, some places are topping on the incentives to make themselves stand out.
In the past decade, there was a 43 percent increase in renters over the age of 60. The trend brings with it new challenges -- and benefits -- for cities.
It's the first in the nation to pass a rent control law that covers tenants across an entire state.
The online retail giant's plans in New York attracted bad PR for a new federal program aimed at helping economically distressed areas like Long Island City.
After experiencing explosive growth in recent years, the city is tripling its spending to address the shortage of lower-income units.
The president touted a bipartisan bill he signed to reduce sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. But he's been quiet about his support for a new juvenile justice law that could impact more people.
A new law in Massachusetts aims to curb short-term rentals, which critics say are limiting the affordable housing stock and turning residential property into unregulated hotels.
A new program may be a boon to struggling cities -- if it targets the right ones.