Urban Affairs

Focus on Finance: A Metropolis in the Desert

Neal Young from the City of Phoenix talks about sustainable growth, transportation, solar energy, budgeting, and pensions in the nation’s Sunbelt.

Separate and Suffering: The Damaging Effects of Residential Segregation on Metropolitan Economies

Residential segregation is shown to drive down income growth across all economic levels.

Reducing Poverty: How Medicaid Does More Than Just Improve Access to Healthcare in Cities

Recent research provides evidence supporting the poverty-reducing effects of Medicaid in urban areas.

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.

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