American Cities Project

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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  • GASB Proposes New Reporting Standards for State and Local Governments

    On Oct. 30, 2014, the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), a nonprofit organization that sets financial reporting standards that nearly all state and local governments conform to, proposed a rule that would redefine generally accepted accounting principles in order to increase transparency around tax incentive, or abatement, programs. The Pew Charitable Trusts, which works with states to... Read More

  • Moving Cities Beyond Performance Measurement

    The recent explosion in the availability of data is changing the way Americans make decisions and do business in fields as diverse as sports, public health, shopping, and politics. The business of government is no exception. Read More

  • Recovering from Volatile Times

    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

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