Urban Affairs

Ms. Mayor: The Impact of Female Leaders on Social Welfare Spending in Cities

Recent research reveals a positive relationship between female mayors and funding for social welfare programs.

Flipping the Script on What Causes City Green Initiatives

Researchers find new data that contradict their previously held belief that cities push for community-wide green sustainability programs for their cost-saving benefits.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Motivating Factors Behind Neighborhood Participation

Study finds that policies aimed at supporting local participation may be the most effective in creating change in a neighborhood.

Policy Radio | Cook County Clerk David Orr on Promoting Voters Rights in Chicago and Beyond

This week, Julie Cooper talks with County Clerk David Orr about his work promoting voters’ rights, bringing modern technology to Cook County elections, and what is at stake in making voting more accessible and convenient for everyone.

Community-Level Determinants of Homelessness

A study using new US Department of Housing and Urban Development population estimates identifies affordable housing, an aging baby-boomer population, and poverty as considerations for policymakers working to address urban homelessness.

Policy Radio| Karen Freeman-Wilson’s Blueprint for Gary

This week on Chicago Policy Radio, Jim Howes sits down with Mayor Freeman-Wilson to talk about her tenure as Gary’s mayor so far and the progress the city has made recently.

IOU: Does Democracy Always Deliver for Taxpayers?

A study of elected versus appointed treasurers finds that cities could save millions of dollars annually by entrusting their finances to bureaucrats.

Focus on Finance: A Changing of the Guard in Boston

Meredith Weenick discusses managing rising benefit obligations during a transition in leadership.

Policy Radio | Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President for Policy at Chicago’s Center for Neighborhood Technology, on Urban Sustainability

This week, Jim Howes sits down with Jacky Grimshaw to talk about urban sustainability in Chicago and around the world.

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