Urban Affairs

The Role of City Planners in Building Family-Friendly Communities

A new study examines the attitudes of planners towards family-friendly communities and finds several factors are critical to the creation of urban environments that are more conducive to child welfare and development.

Editor’s Note: Urban Wheels Keep on Turning

Welcome to this week’s Urban Affairs series on Innovation.

Policy Radio | Tim King on the Goals, Challenges, and Successes of Charter Schools

This week, Kristyn Bretz speaks with Urban Prep Academies CEO Tim King about the mission of charter schools, the unique challenges of supporting African-American male students, and how the experiences of charter schools can inform the public school system.

Developing Efficiency: Why energy efficiency gains in China may not be fully realized

The rebound effect, which measures the increased demand for energy from increasing energy efficiency, is found to be strong in Chinese urban residential electricity use.

Policy Radio | Moderates in a Polarized Congress: A Conversation with Reps. Davis and Kelly

This week, centrist former Members of Congress Sue Kelly (R-NY-19) and Lincoln Davis (D-TN-4) discuss the rise of political polarization, the decline of the political center, and critical role of moderates in Congress.

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.

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