Governance

A broad category of content focused on governance in cities.

Examples: Urban policy, justice, municipal services

Urban Innovator of the Week: Judy Reese Morse

This profile was originally published by Urban Innovation Exchange in partnership with Meeting of the Minds and Kresge Foundation. For more stories of people changing cities, visit UIXCities.com and follow @UIXCities. Judy Reese Morse is the Deputy Mayor for Citywide...

Resilient Cities and the Community Stakeholder Leadership Model: How a City Influenced Today’s ‘Meta-Companies’

Companies are giving their employees a voice, and it’s paying off. Profit margins, market shares, and survival rates almost always improve for companies that treat their employees as stakeholders with a seat at the table, helping inform or maybe influence meaningful...

Western Electricity from “Cali phobia” to Cooperation

The 80-foot wide display showed California renewables at 41 percent of total generation as I watched for 20 minutes during a warm September morning. I was at the nerve center of California’s grid – CAISO (California Independent Systems Operator). CAISO is a...

Digital Transformation: Modernizing the Buenos Aires City Government

We began working for the government of the City of Buenos Aires (GCBA) in January 2009. To be honest, I don’t think we had the slightest idea about what was to come. Looking back, I believe there was a mix of long term perspective (clear vision) with a somewhat...

Breaking the Divestment Cycle: Predicting Abandonment and Fostering Neighborhood Revitalization in Baltimore

Since the 1970’s, a certain urban pessimism has pervaded both academic research and public policy on Baltimore. Nothing, it seemed, could be done to stem the tide of divestment. Policy conversations focused on ‘right-sizing’ and even ‘mothballing’ the urban landscape....

China Solar and Wind Surges as Coal Peaks

Kitty Bu starts each morning in Beijing checking the air quality report; many days she must keep her one, three and five year old inside all day. Estimates range from 600,000 to 1.6 million that die prematurely in China each year due to air pollution. Since China’s...

The Heart and Soul of Smart Cities

The Second Machine Age is synonymous with Smart Planet Big Data and Big Math, which enables solutions to become more encompassing and optimal as they become more holistic in nature.

Indianapolis on the Rise

Indianapolis has a great story to tell. It’s one of those stories that never ends – a city always working together toward a bold vision and finding ways to succeed just as the next chapter is being conceived. It finds itself today on the precipice of a new wave of...

Paris Climate Agreement Will be Ratified

The European Parliament approved ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, taking us well past the threshold of nations and collective emissions needed. The agreement is not legally binding for 30 days. We are on a path to breathing cleaner air; our children are...

Urban Futures Road Map: It Finally Arrives in Your Bookstore

Review of “The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life”, by Jonathan F. P. Rose Roadmaps are sometimes hard to read. But you can be sure that they’re always much harder to create. I kept...

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Training Millennials For Government Jobs, But Were Afraid To Ask

I’m 28, which means I’m dead center of the largest living generation in American history. I’m a millennial. Some of you reading this will be the parents of millennials, manage millennials or be millennials yourself. Last year, those of us born between 1980 and 2000...

Three Ways to Bring Better Broadband to Residents

The federal courts recently ruled that high-speed internet service is a utility – a decision that affirmed the government’s view that broadband is as essential as the phone and power, and should be available to Americans. In doing so, they paved the way for broader...