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There are many reasons why cities can be effective leaders of efforts to promote economic mobility and other equity initiatives. Cities can frame appropriate responses because they are close to the problem.
Understanding what local officials are trying to accomplish through stakeholder engagement is crucial to creating successful public planning and decision-making processes. Successful processes so often hinge on community involvement – on stakeholders having the opportunity to be heard in a meaningful way.
Gentrification is a hot political topic that is deeply emotional and personal to many, and when it happens, it happens very quickly. But the causes of gentrification are more complicated than may appear at first glance. Addressing this ever-present challenge will require policy-makers and members of the public to better understand its root causes.
Communities are more likely to thrive when residents, businesses, and other stakeholders play active roles in shaping decisions and taking action. The notion that “government cannot do it alone” was an important part of de Tocqueville’s message, and it is increasingly evident in times of limited resources.
Currently in its 70th year, the focus of the All-America City Award in 2019 will be on communities that demonstrate inclusive decision-making processes to create better health for all, and particularly for populations currently experiencing poorer health outcomes.
Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley and San Leandro, California were early adopters of what has now become a national movement for electoral reform. Ranked choice voting in the Bay Area has changed the political game, forcing voters and candidates to adopt to a new set of democratic rules and political strategies.
Seattle is an exceptional example of a city working to manage its growth with an equitable framework so that economic vitality can be enjoyed by all its residents. Adopting a strategy of civic engagement, the city has been able to encourage growth in economically struggling neighborhoods that includes the input and guidance of residents in every stage of the process.
National Civic Review (Print ISSN 0027-9013, Online ISSN1542-7811) is published quarterly by the National Civic League, Copyright © 2018 National Civic League.