Real, greatly improved citizen engagement

Jan 2021 Michael Baskin, Chief Innovation Officer for Montgomery County, MD and Govlaunch co-founder, Lindsay Pica-Alfano collaborate to share insights to help guide efforts for more meaningful and effective engagement. See: https://www.boston.gov/departments/youth-engagement-and-employment/mayors-youth-council https://cities-today.com/industry/4-guiding-principles-citizen-engagement/ What is real citizen engagement? Most think of citizen engagement as a good turnout and vibrant Q&A to close a meeting. But citizen engagement can be so much …

People take better care of public places when they feel like they have a stake in them. Most “pedestrian” infrastructure projects are remedial and performative; their real purpose is to serve faster car traffic.

January 27, 2021, Suzanne Shu, John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing, Cornell University Takeaways People can feel “psychological ownership,” a sense of personal attachment, even for parks and other public places. These feelings lead them to see property they don’t own as being more valuable and boost their sense of responsibility to take care of it. A recent series of …

M4All saves money while covering everyone. Support for Medicare for All reaching 70%, according to Fox. Health insurance companies double profits. Over 90 million Americans uninsured or underinsured and can’t afford to go to a doctor when they get sick

By Matt Bruenig the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an estimate of the cost of implementing a single-payer health insurance program in the United States. The CBO’s report is more exhaustive than any other recent study on the subject and concludes that replacing our current system with a single-payer system would insure every American while reducing overall health spending in the country. …

Devaluing human beings and displacing the work force – big impending problems even leaders of finance acknowledge

Bloomberg Markets, Wall Street Visionaries Provide Chilling Views on Next Big Risk. We asked three executives who’ve spent their careers on the cutting edge of the financial industry what they see coming in 5 to 10 years. Here are their answers. By Sonali Basak January 12, 2021 Few predicted—and most were unprepared for—the enormous challenges that have kicked off this decade: …

Street Moves initiative allows local communities to become co-architects of their own streets’ layouts, space used for parking and other public uses

January 5, 2021 Bloomberg – The Street Moves initiative allows local communities to become co-architects of their own streets’ layouts. Via workshops and consultations, residents can control how much street space is used for parking, or for other public uses. It’s already rolled out experimentally at four sites in Stockholm, with three more cities about to join up. The ultimate goal is hugely …

Cities adding scores of miles of new bikelanes and protected areas

The pandemic pushed cities to take back their streets from cars. Will they keep them in 2021? Across the world, as COVID-19 reshaped people’s routines, cities quickly converted streets to bike lanes, pedestrian areas, and places for outdoor dining. As the pandemic ends, it will require a lot of political will to prevent the status quo from returning. By Adele …

Peace of Mind, Democracy at Work: ‘We have the philosophy of not firing people. We want people to not have too many worries.’

By Peter S. Goodman Dec. 29, 2020 NYTimes.com Co-ops in Spain’s Basque Region Soften Capitalism’s Rough Edges: A group of worker-owned businesses may present an alternative model to economies dominated by the interests of shareholders. Over the decades, scores of other cooperatives took root, dominating the town’s economy. Each business is autonomous, but they operate under shared principles, especially the understanding …

What Would Providing Every City with High-Quality, Zero-Emissions Public Transportation Look Like? Also first USDOT Ped Safety Plan

A major investment in transit would be pricey but would drastically improve access and quality. Improving transit quality in every urban area to, at minimum, conditions in the Dallas region would cost an additional $2.2 billion annually. This would be a 4.5 percent increase nationally in operating budgets but would expand per capita transit service by 30.3 percent for the …