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. 2, January 17

Administration Report Says Development Doubled on Farms, Forests during '90S
The Clinton Administration recently released new figures showing that the conversion of farmland, forests and other open space to development more than doubled during the past decade. The new figures are contained in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's...
AOL-Time Warner Merger Raises Local Concern about Regulation
Last week's announcement that America Online (AOL) and Time Warner (TW) will combine to become the largest online and entertainment company has raised numerous questions among municipal leaders across the nation. Chief among those concerns is the...
Austin Appeals Preemption of Local Telecom Regulation
City officials in Austin, Texas, are challenging a federal appeals court ruling believed to threaten the city's power to oversee the deployment of wireline cable and telecommunications services. In affirming a lower court ruling, the U.S. Fifth Circuit...
Better Conditions, Optimism Apparent in Survey of Cities
NLC President Calls On America To `Undo Racism' As the first observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday of the 21st century approaches, the president of the National League of Cities (NLC) is calling for a concerted and sustained effort to...
Brookings Institution Forum Offers Insight into Fight against Racism
Future endeavors to fight racism can be helped by using the lessons of the past, according to several civil rights leaders and activists who convened last week at the Brookings Institution for a national issues forum on "Race: The Great American Divide."...
Cities Gear Up for Accurate 2000 Census; Plan Strategies
The prospect of mayors and city councils wagering gift baskets of local products against colleagues across the country is one possibility as cities gear up to support the task of taking the 2000 Census. A new campaign was launched last week to increase...
College Park, Ga. Recognized for Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
State Grants $6,800 to Local Police College Park, Ga. received $6,800 in funding from the Governor's Children and Youth Coordinating Council for enhancements to the police department's juvenile intervention programs. The award was issued from...
Local Leaders Wary of AT&T Open Access Proposal
Local elected officials are reacting skeptically to AT&T's proposal to give Internet service providers open access to its cable network. AT&T Corp. has formally agreed to eventually allow rival Internet services to use its cable lines to provide...
Local Officials Blast IRS Proposal
Officials at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) heard numerous objections last week to a proposed rule to restrict municipal prepayments for public service resources. If finalized, this rule would ban municipal prepayments for public service resources...
NLC Research Report Includes Glimpse at Race Relations in Cities
A section of the sixteenth annual "State of America's Cities report, focuses on race relations in the United States. The findings of this section of the survey include: The survey findings show that a large majority of' U.S. cities and regions...
Research Roundup
What does the future hold for America's cities? The Fannie Mae Foundation commissioned a survey asking urban affairs experts to predict and rank the top influences shaping the American metropolis over the next 50 years. The "top ten" list appears...
Supreme Court Deals A Win and A Loss for States, Cities
A pair of important Supreme Court decisions on federalism left cities with a mixed bag: one, affirmation of local authority in the case of a federal employment statute and, two, a defeat on a matter of state autonomy under the 10th amendment, in which...
Two Cities Promote Publicly-Funded Jobs
Despite record low "official" national unemployment (about 4 percent), high rates of joblessness persist in America's inner dries. Many people leaving welfare for work, despite intensive job searches, cannot find employment on their own. While jobs...