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. 23, No. 25, June 26

Cities Look for Ways to Improve Pedestrian Safety
For years, cities have struggled to improve the safety of roads for residents who travel to work and leisure by car. In the wake of several accidents that killed or injured pedestrians, cities are looking for ways to improve the safety for those who...
High Court Nixes Massachusetts' `Burma Law'
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts contracting law in the case of Crosby v. National Foreign Trade Council. The court had been asked to determine whether the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution was violated by a Massachusetts...
House Would Limit FY 2001 Housing Funding
Cities could see slight reductions in funding for housing and community development programs next year if the House version of funding in 2001 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) prevails in the House/Senate conference. The...
Institutional Racism, Part III: Racism or Preference? the Role of `Soft Skills' in Hiring
This week, Wilhelmina A. Leigh, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., talks about the complexity of identifying and dismantling institutional racism in the labor market. She reviews...
Local Officials: Tame Stress before It Tackles You
Stress isn't all bad. It motivates you. Nothing like a tight deadline to get council moving. Stress energizes you. Nothing like seeing an angry constituent in the grocery to send you racing out the door abandoning your cart in the jelly aisle. Stress...
Panel Examines Connecting Local Votes with Key City Concerns
Ideas about what kinds of city issues may arise in this year's presidential campaign covered some familiar territory and also brought in some new themes at during a recent half-day forum convened at the Brookings Institution in Washington. District...
Self-Flagging Sidewalk System One Way to Make Streets Safer
State and local governments are scrambling to make streets safer for pedestrians as a report from an alternatives-to-driving advocacy group decries America's "mean streets" for pedestrians Four of the five metropolitan areas considered the most...
Senate Okays Transport Spending
In a swift move to complete action on one of the 13 spending bills, the Senate approved the FY 2001 Transportation Appropriations bill on June 15, only two days after the measure was first considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee. In a 99-0,...
Senate Unit Votes for Bill Overhauling Pipeline Safety
On June 15, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved, by voice vote, legislation intended to strengthen the nation's pipeline safety laws. Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) indicated that he is optimistic...
Tech Liability Risks Should Not Be Ignored
Public Technology, Inc. (PTI), has been conducting the Technology Risk Assessment Project (Techrisk) to assess the various risks local governments take when they introduce new information technology into their infrastructure. Techrisk came about...
Tennessee Officials Focus on Technology at Annual Conference
Technology was on the tip of the tongues of Tennessee officials at the Tennessee Municipal League Annual Conference in Gatlinburg earlier this month. Local officials explored "Linking Technology and Leadership," an issue pondered in cities throughout...
Video Resource to Address Urban Poverty
Municipal officials can draw upon new media tools to address urban poverty and ways to move people to employment and self-sufficiency. Developed by Outreach Extensions, the National LEGACY Outreach Campaign invites city and town officials to use...