Cities are essential to the nation’s prosperity—central to the quality of life, the livelihoods, and the long-term prospects of most Americans. Pew’s American cities project conducts original research and analyses to help policymakers understand the challenges facing urban centers and promising policy options that can improve fiscal outcomes for localities.
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This report examines how America's big cities navigated fiscal challenges during the Great Recession and in the years following that downturn. It evaluates the fiscal conditions of 30 large American cities, identifies the factors that drove cities' decline and rebound during the Great Recession, and the mechanisms cities employed to address the fiscal strain. Read More
Note: For our latest research on this topic, see Recovering from Volatile Times. Read More
Note: This research has been updated. For the latest data, see Recovering from Volatile Times.This report examines how America’s big cities navigated the worst U.S. economic downturn since the Great Depression. It focuses on post-recession revenue as compared with earlier peaks, explores future prospects, and considers cities’ remaining fiscal challenges and their ability to manage... Read More