American Cities Project

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Pew’s American Cities Project conducts original research on three main topics:

  • The fiscal and economic challenges facing cities;
  • The important demographic changes they are undergoing; and 
  • Their short- and long-term ability to deliver core services in the face of tight budgets and heightened needs.

Recent Research & Analysis

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  • Detroit Seeks to Rebound from Bankruptcy

    Nearly a year after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Detroit is taking steps toward improving its services and creating a new version of its economy to keep and attract residents crucial to the city’s long-term recovery. Read More

  • Atlantic City's Watchdogs

    This brief describes the history of the state’s intervention program, explains how it works, and details the steps New Jersey has taken to try to help Atlantic City. Read More

  • After Municipal Bankruptcy

    The recent high-profile bankruptcy filings by Detroit and a handful of other local governments around the country have renewed state and local policymaker interest in strategies to prevent future financial crises as well as in the choices states face about whether to intervene to help distressed cities and counties. Read More

Media Contact

Sarah Leiseca

Officer, Communications