Urban Issues and Policy

Housing and crime round out top urban concerns and mayors are scrambling to use much-needed federal funding as austerity issues recede, according to the latest State of the Cities report from the National League of Cities.
Several big-city mayors have announced retirements or have been defeated this year, their approval ratings driven down by the pandemic and policing.
Thanks to more hybrid and remote work, some people are moving out of New York and San Francisco, but so far, there has been no exodus to Oklahoma City or Peoria, no revival of rural America or the Rust Belt.
Municipal utility districts seem to work in the Lone Star State. They have increased the housing supply, using lighter regulations, resulting in downward pressure on costs. Now, they may be catching on elsewhere.
Lawmakers have proposed $209 million of the multibillion-dollar bill for pollution and traffic initiatives in the Denver area that focus on marginalized groups impacted by the building of the highways decades ago.
They need to leverage public spending and build partnerships to create and nurture sustainable-wage employment and training for local residents, particularly those from underserved communities.