New Interest in the Local Level

  There’s new interest in cities – once called the “lost world of municipal  government,” where only the small stuff happened. [1] Partly it’s frustration with Washington, where political gridlock has stopped many good ideas.  Partly it’s a sense of urgency about...

Inequality Commissions in Islington – And U.S.?

Sam Pizzegati writes a post in the Institute for Policy Studies website Too Much [ http://toomuchonline.org/rich-poor-gap-be-gone/ ] that the London borough of Islington, population 200,000, noticing the extreme gaps between high and low incomes in Britain and the...

Neighborhoodism

Stephen Barton wrote a nice review of Activists in City Hall (in Progressive Planning – Spring 2011) in which he leveled a reasonable criticism: There are definite weaknesses in the book. . . No effort is made to reconcile the suggestion that Berkeley’s turn...

Progressive City Process

Activists in City Hall makes the case that progressive cities delivered a product in the 1980s. Chicago and Boston were progressive when they tackled inequality head-on. Boston established “linkage” – channeling developer contributions into an affordable housing trust...

Activists in City Hall — Chicago Industrial Policy

I’ve done a series of lectures the last three months about Activists in City Hall, increasingly less about Boston and rather focusing on Chicago’s local “industrial policy.” These lectures were at the University of Illinois -Urbana-Champaign,...