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. Although the national... Read More
Note: For our latest research on this topic, see Recovering from Volatile Times. Read More
Stateline Editor Alan Ehrenhalt discusses the series’ findings about the historic and current relationship between state and local governments’ views and the possible effects on local communities. Read More