Tame Your Data With Metrics and Dashboards

From big data to open data, the discussion of digital data is a hot topic for cities right now. And for good reason, digital data promises to improve decision making by understanding the health of our cities while increasing transparency to citizens and stakeholders. While the use of data has long played a critical role in cities, new technology continues to enable previously unimagined sources and uses of data.


How to Leverage Design to Build the Digital City

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HD MADE works with clients to reimagine how they integrate digital into every part of their organization, programs and neighborhoods. Michael Martin, place-based innovation lead at HD MADE, discusses how a community gets there, what that looks like and what to do next.


To Make Your Community Healthier, Make It Denser


In the wake of 9/11, author Stephen Johnson wrote in Wired that "density kills" and advocated turning to the decentralized vision of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1939 Broadacre City as a way of protecting Americans in the future. As it turns out, he got it backwards: Density saves lives. The contemporary affinity for higher-density, mixed-use, walkable places in cities and suburbs alike arguably represents the single most significant contribution to public health — for those who can afford them — since World War II.


What States Should Do to Keep Their Cities Out of Bankruptcy

To head off problems before they become crises, do states need to monitor their local governments' finances and borrowing practices? Susan K. Urahn, Executive Vice President of the Pew Charitable Trusts, weighs in on the topic with a guest post.


A Cycle of Positive Development

Colleges and universities have recognized their potential to be the heart of their respective cities and to serve a greater purpose than mere education.


Zimpher’s Work Earns Presidential Praise

Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York and immediate past Board Chair for CEOs for Cities, was called “Obama’s favorite college leader” in an article published last week.


Repurposing Urban Roadways for More Than Just Cars in the Midwest

Photo from flickr user citymaus

Cities throughout the United States are redesigning their roadways to accommodate multiple means of transportation.


City Valentines

If cities gave out Valentines, what would they say? We took a quick stab at it, and decided to offer a printable and downloadable versions-- so you can share or give them to the thought leaders and city advocates in your life! What would your City Valentine say?


A New Name / A New Look

Our newsletter has a new name and a new look that better reflects who we are and what we do. The new name is derived from our signature work known as City Dividends. Read More.


The Power of City Dividends

Change is happening across America from the bottom up. Read more about how cities and metro regions are shaping America's future at Code for America.