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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The Great Recession created fiscal challenges for American cities, many of which felt the impact of the downturn later than the federal and state governments and have been slow to recover. “America’s Big Cities in Volatile Times” looks across 30 of America’s big cities to examine how they navigated the worst U.S. economic downturn since the Great Depression, but each city had its own distinct... 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