Nation's Cities Weekly

Monthly publication has articles and news briefs that cover municipal issues, such as government, economy, immigration, housing and transportation and after school programs.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 15, April 13

Big-City Orchestras Recruit Talent in Minority Neighborhoods
Big-city symphony orchestras are striking a fresh chord by reaching out to the often largely minority communities that surround them and recruiting the talent of the children. In doing so, the orchestras hope to diversify their ranks by nurturing...
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Casa Grande Creates Sweat Equity
For some, the American dream of homeownership is inconceivable. However, agencies like the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Rural Development and its predecessor, Farmers Home Administration, have opened the doors to residents in Arizona...
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Cities Win One, Lose One against Uncle Sam
Cities gained a victory and a measure of respect in two different municipal finance arenas last week, demonstrating that cities can take on the federal government, preemption, and control. The city of Columbus, Ohio, gained a win over the Internal...
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Crime Stories Dominate Local TV News
Murder is at the top of the agenda on local television news shows. Stories about city government activities get little attention. Readers of this newspaper know the truth of those statements. The dismal performance of local TV news is documented...
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Examples Database: Solutions for Cities
Municipal Reference Service These program descriptions, selected from the Examples of Programs for Cities database, illustrate how cities are providing housing opportunities to encourage people to move to and stay in town. Direct member cities...
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Guidebook Explains Juvenile Accountability Grant for Cities
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released a guide book cities and towns can use to participate in to receive funds through states to address juvenile crime. The guide book is called the Guidance Manual for the...
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Job-Creating Plant Will Recycle New York's Wastepaper Blizzard
Most passers-by saw only another fenced-off, forlorn and forgotten tract of industrial abandonment. But a gritty environmentalist and a community activist had another vision for a "brownfield" in a New York City's South Bronx that long ago ceased...
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Money Still Matters - Especially in Education
Philadelphia--"Put your money where your mouth is" and "talk is cheap" are cliches for good reason. Take education: You could fill whole libraries with speeches on how important education is to the new economy. But rarely does the speechmaker show...
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Neighborhood Rebirth: The '90S Non-Story
Diverted for a few hours from the capital's scandal and abuse stories, a group of reporters were rounded tip recently by the Ford Foundation and the Brookings Institution to take a look at ground-level recovery in Washington, D.C.'s gritty neighborhoods....
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New Haven Neighborhood Is Reborn
Elm Haven's Dixwell neighborhood, a section in New Haven, Conn., with its rows and rows of traditional story-high public housing and familiar characters of inner city, low-income living is no more. The 462 public housing units that made up the...
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NLC Housing Project Stresses Collaboration
NLC's Affordable Housing Program has extended an opportunity for progress to 12 cities in three regions: Colorado, the mid-Atlantic, and Oregon. Ten have been chosen so far, and two more will be chosen. The project, entitled "Strengthening Partnerships...
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President Opens National Debate on Social Security's Future
President Clinton last week kicked off a national town hall dialogue on federal solutions to ensure the solvency of the nation's Social Security system. The President flew to Kansas City for the first of four forums on the issue, hosted by NCL's partner,...
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Senate Starts to Re-Up Law Enforcement Block Grant
Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) last week introduced legislation that would authorize the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) program for the next five years and raise the funding level to $750 million each year - a significant increase over this...
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Setting the Bar
Those of us who oppose more legislative schemes to regulate political campaigns in. the name of "reform" have a responsibility to push for higher standards of campaign conduct. That's why it was good news when American University's Jim Thurber announced...
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The Inexplicable and Unthinkable: Two Views: Tragedy and the Trend Spotters
After the Jonesboro shootings, I gave an unsuccessful drive-time interview to a St. Louis radio talk show. The co-hosts were professional, polite and single-minded. They seemed to think that gun control was the obvious main topic of the day. When...
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We Can Prevent Jonesboros
In March of 1996, Thomas Hamilton walked into the peaceful village of Dunblanc, Scotland, and killed six-teen children and their teacher. An outraged citizenry spurred the British Parliament to more tightly restrict already-tight laws regulating firearms....
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