Part of the IOC’s mission is to elevate the voices of city leaders and academics who seek to shine a light on urban issues. Here is a collection of publications by the IOC and IOC affiliates in mainstream media on the various challenges related to urban prosperity, function and leadership.
SF Gate, November 1, 2016 – Graham Wilson, Katharine Lusk and Conor LeBlanc
Cities are America’s economic engines. America is becoming more urban, reflecting a global migration to cities that is changing the political power structure. Many mayors, unencumbered by the partisan gridlock that characterizes Washington, D.C., are leading novel policy initiatives and setting national agendas. But they don’t operate in a vacuum. They need the federal government to shape the future….
The Exchange, June 28, 2016 – Graham Wilson
As Europe struggles to sort out what Britain’s decision to leave the EU means for the Continent, here in the United States there are impacts as well. In this segment, New Hampshire Public Radio explores how this European shake-out might affect the economy in New Hampshire and New England. Guests on the show include Graham Wilson, political science professor at Boston University and UK native, and Dawn Wivell, CEO at Firebrand International….
Cities Speak, May 2, 2016 – Sana Johnson
Curfew laws have serious unintended consequences, including disproportionate minority contact, the criminalization of homeless and runaway youth, worsening outcomes for kids and the exposure of cities to lawsuits for unconstitutionality. Local decision-makers should consider taking the following actions in order to ensure that their curfews protect rather than harm young people in their cities:.…
Cities Speak, April 28, 2016 – Sana Johnson
Do curfew laws actually protect city youth and increase public safety? Not only do curfew laws yield a number of serious unintended consequences, but their effectiveness as a tool for protecting general public safety – especially the safety of young people – remains unconfirmed by research….
Cities Speak, March 9, 2016 – Sana Johnson
Young people from more than 35 diverse cities across the country convened on Monday, March 7th to participate in the National Youth Convention at NLC’s 2016 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. Modeled after the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, youth delegates took on the challenges of developing a National Youth Platform and choosing their candidates for the presidential bid….
The Conversation, February 22, 2016 – Katherine Levine Einstein and David Glick
The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan illustrates two urgent and related challenges that are stressing many American cities. First, critical infrastructure systems such as roads, bridges and water networks are aging and underfunded. Second, cities are not getting the support they need from higher levels of government to fix these problems….
The Conversation, October 30, 2015 – Katharine Lusk
When our dear colleague and cofounder of the Initiative on Cities program at Boston University, former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, passed away one year ago, letters poured in to our offices at Boston University. The intimate condolences from Boston’s many neighborhoods – Hyde Park, Roslindale, Dorchester – were to be expected. But the letters and fond remembrances from heads of state, governors, ambassadors, and countless domestic and foreign mayors took us by surprise…
Governing, September 24, 2015 – Katharine Lusk