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When looking for laboratories of urban development and resilience—examples of places working to improve quality of life for everyone—check what’s happening in smaller cities. Follow this link for the complete article. Sourced from ShelterForce
Work defines so much of what and who people are. Since the very beginning of cities, some version of work has defined our days, our conceptions of time and our sense of self. The consistency of our relationship with work means that any disruption, whether potential or real, will capture people’s attention and fuel concerns across our communities. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from CitiesSpeak
When a neighborhood - isn't rich or isn't poor - government tends to forget about it. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Governing
The ability of metro areas to respond to upcoming challenges and develop sustainable solutions will rest heavily on the capacity of community-based nonprofits to marshal local resources, deliver assistance to families, and advocate for policy change at all levels of government. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings
Urban growth of the past 30 years has largely resulted in crowded slums and sprawling settlements in the urban fringe. Cities are consuming land, increasingly, to accommodate new developments. In some regions, urban land has grown much faster than the urban population, resulting in less dense and, in general, more inefficient land use patterns. In addition, this is often happening in the absence of a viable spatial structure. Follow this link to read the rest of the story. Sourced from UN Habitat

With the advent of facial recognition technology in products like iPhones, and recent data breaches at major companies such as Facebook, concern over the effects of AI in daily human life is as strong as ever. A survey released last week by Washington-based Brookings Institute shows America’s fear of automation is alive and well. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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Stagnant incomes, declining employment, downward mobility, and more: Eleanor Krause and Isabel Sawhill discuss the trends that have Brookings experts concerned about the well-being of America’s middle class. Learn more about the new Future of the Middle Class Initiative. Sourced from Brookings

Newly released census data for city population growth through 2017 show that what I and others previously heralded as the “decade of the city” may be less valid during the waning years of the 2010s. While most big cities are still gaining population, the rates of that gain are falling off for many of them as the nation’s population shows signs of broad dispersal. Follow this link to read the complete article.

Sourced from Brookings
Each year, mayors across the nation detail their vision for their city’s future in a seminal address — their state of the city speech. These speeches have taken on new significance as mayors emerge as focal points in the intergovernmental context. While many state and federal partners are mired in political gridlock or actively disinvesting in cities, mayors consistently demonstrate the capacity and willingness to solve complex problems that are shaped by local realities and have broad national implications. Follow this link to access the complete report. Sourced from CitiesSpeak