Posts Tagged: urban

Accumulated Wisdom

The Urban Institute’s Harry Hatry is one of the pioneers of the late 20th century performance measurement movement. He has just released a new guide on transforming performance measurement that sums his best practical advice in one place. Harry Hatry is legendary. His indefatigable commitment to measuring government performance stretches back to his days as… Read more »

IJIS Institute and Urban Institute Publish Results of Criminal Justice and Health Collaboration Working Group

Working group identifies information exchanges for continuity of care and treatment of individuals Ashburn, VA, (August 28, 2013). The IJIS Institute—a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security—in collaboration with the Urban Institute (UI), is pleased to announce the report entitled, Opportunities for Information Sharing to Enhance… Read more »

Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month

July is National Parks and Recreation Month! To celebrate, [email protected] created a series of graphics highlighting interesting facts about the many benefits of parks. Click here to view the full series: Why Are Parks Important? Parks, whether they are city, state, or national parks, play a major role in the health of a community. Not… Read more »

Grassroots Effort Leads to Big Local Change in Urban Area

By Katherine Parker, Associate Consultant, MPA’12 In early March, we completed a six month engagement with a coalition of seven synagogues along Pennsylvania’s Old York Road and presented our final action plan for the revitalization of the area. Although the project is at an end, it feels much more like a new beginning – with… Read more »

[Update] Crowdsourcing Citizen Engagement: Tools for Information Architecture & “Wicked Problems”

UPDATE: For those who weren’t able to attend Paul Culmsee’s seminar, you can check out video and slides here. He starts with a great comparison of Government 2.0 in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand and even riffs off a 2010 GovLoop discussion by Bill Brantley and Andrew Krzmarzick. Enjoy! /// Wanted to share… Read more »

Data Centers: New Use for Blighted Downtowns?

After the economic bust, a number of cities have been left with literally blocks of abandoned office space, creating an eyesore as well as hazards due to decay, arson, and squatters. However, according to an article by Robert Sharoff in the New York Times, cities such as St. Louis are finding new tenants for their… Read more »

Remembering the Alliance for Digital Equality Newark, NJ Event

Recently, as my firm engaged in some social and mobile campaigns targeting urban consumers (highly successful due to the large adoption rates for advanced mobile devices), I began to wonder if “access to broadband” was still a needed conversation. Between smart phones, iPads, public wifi (starbucks and others commonly offering it free), and personal mobile… Read more »

The Movement To Reboot Government

OPEN CITIES | Christian Madera Urban planners are often of the visionary sort. With the advent of automobiles, many planners imagined cities with futuristic mega highways connecting skyscraper-filled employment centers with bucolic suburbs (one can argue whether that vision came to be reality or not). As more social and ecological concerns have risen to the… Read more »