Urban Affairs

Focus on Finance: Bringing Private Sector Experience to Philadelphia

The Treasurer for the City of Philadelphia, Nancy Winkler, discusses applying expertise from 28 years in financial consulting to reinvent the City’s financial fortunes.

Focus on Finance: Conservative Budgets in a Liberal City

Seattle’s Director of Finance Glen Lee discusses Seattle’s conservative approach to municipal budgets and how it helped the City rebound after the recession.

Are Large Cities More Pollution Efficient?

New research explores how population size relates to CO2 emissions efficiency.

A Desperate Customer? The Growing Trend of PPPs in American Government

Recent study finds that political and ideological factors as well as increased congestion may be driving states to privatize their transportation infrastructure.

Focus on Finance: the Push and Pull of Los Angeles Labor Negotiations

Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana shares how the City of Los Angeles has shrunk its structural deficit, lowered its pension liabilities, and increased its reserves.

Focus on Finance: Funding Pensions in the Windy City

Chicago’s CFO explains the city’s immense financial challenges, her insights, and why she’s optimistic for the future.

Worlds Collide: Using Fluid Dynamics to Solve Urban Traffic Woes

Researchers point to a new way to analyze traffic congestion in growing cities.

Rising from the Ashes: Economic Transformation in Rust Belt Cities

Recent research reveals that some urban rust belt cities adapted to the changing economic environment to become stable performers in their region.

Growing Partnerships: Public Gardens Are Helping Cities Address Urban Challenges

A new study examines the role that public garden partnerships can play during times of urban scarcity.

Illinois’ 100 Billion Dollar Question: How Do We Solve the Pension Crisis?

Daniel Biss, once a University of Chicago mathematician and now a State Senator, gives an inside look at the pension reform proposal in the Illinois General Assembly.

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