The hourly wage a household would have to earn to afford HUD’s Fair Market Rent
The Network on Building Resilient Regions (BRR) examines the power of metropolitan regions to respond to local and national challenges. BRR brings together a group of experts to investigate why metro regions matter now, what constitutes resilience in the face of challenges, and what factors help to build and sustain strong metro regions.
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12.5.2013 | After the Senate passed the comprehensive immigration reform bill S. 744 last June, there was enough momentum to think headway might be possible in 2013. But the divided House has run out the clock, as majority whip Kevin McCarthy confirmed a vote on immigration won’t come until 2014.
While the House waits to present and vote on legislation that will determine the future for about 11 million undocumented immigrants, they might want to look into research evaluating the potential impact of immigration reform. (more…)Read more
12.3.2013 | This “Emerging Issues” column by BRR member Bill Barnes first appeared in the PA Times, a publication of the American Society of Public Administration. Back issues of the Emerging Issues column are available online.
Five books by former mayors, randomly accumulated at my desk. Five different perspectives on cities, lots of good stories, and some themes about governing, especially what it’s like to do it. (more…)Read more
11.25.2013 | This “Emerging Issues” column by BRR member Bill Barnes first appeared in the PA Times, a publication of the American Society of Public Administration. Back issues of the Emerging Issues column are available online.
The forty-year assault on government is a clear case of mumpsimus (“a view stubbornly held in spite of clear evidence that it’s wrong” according to Garg’s wonderful A.Word.A.Day.)
It’s time for something else, perhaps lots of something elses.
We have experienced a long, negative phase of a sort that recurs in American history. It followed the long activist (and intermittently progressive) phase from the New Deal to Nixon’s New Federalism.
Moving now toward a more constructive phase requires considerable nudging. Public administration professionals have a lot to contribute toward a vision of better government that would be part of a broader movement. (more…)Read more
11.21.2013 | Given the onslaught of smartphones and the now-ubiquitous app, it was only a matter of time before enterprising organizations adapted 21st Century technology to help solve age-old problems.
We’ve noted this development vis-à-vis local government services (particularly in Boston) and Code for America’s effort to match app developers with local governments. Now comes “Squared Away Chicago”—the Metropolitan Tenant Organization’s new app to ease tenant/landlord relations with better communication. (more…)Read more
But even accepting that premise for the sake of argument runs afoul of reality.
A spate of papers reveal myriad economic reasons to reduce air pollution, from improving infants’ health and lowering children’s health care costs (which should reduce long-term health care costs), to improving worker productivity. (more…)Read more