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The Initiative on Cities engages with urban leaders, academics, and policy makers from around the world to help plan for the development of essential services and sustainable infrastructure that will be required to help cities flourish over the coming decades.

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  • Mayors and social inequalities 

    Christodoulaki, Ioanna
    Social mobility has long been an ideal cherished in the United States even if not always achieved in practice. Contemporary studies suggest social mobility is lower in the US than in a significant number of other countries. ...
  • Mayoral views on housing production: do planning goals match reality? 

    Einstein, Katherine Levine; Palmer, Maxwell (Boston University Initiative on Cities, 2019-12)
    Mayoral Views on Housing Production: Do Planning Goals Match Reality? evaluates mayoral priorities relative to actual need. Based on our analysis, even the most ambitious mayors are not prioritizing sufficient development ...
  • Mayoral views on economic incentives: valuable tools or a bad use of resources? 

    Glick, David; Wilson, Graham (Boston University Initiative on Cities, 2019-12)
    Mayoral Views on Economic Incentives: Valuable Tools or a Bad Use of Resources? explores which types of cities and mayors embrace – or reject – tax concessions and subsidies to attract or retain business. The authors find ...
  • 2019 Menino Survey of Mayors 

    Einstein, Katherine Levine; Glick, David; Palmer, Maxwell; Fox, Stacy (Boston University Initiative on Cities, 2020-01-21)
    The 2019 Menino Survey of Mayors represents the sixth nationally representative survey of American mayors and is based on interviews with 119 sitting mayors from 38 states. The 2019 Survey explores mayoral views on issues ...
  • What makes Boston a "Global" city? 

    O'Connell, James (Boston University Initiative on Cities Working Paper Series, 2020-01)
    Since the 1980s, globalization has generated a network of key cities that organize and manage global markets. The leading activity of global capitalism has become the financial and advanced professional services that manage ...
  • Fiscal leadership and the modern city 

    Lusk, Katharine; Emig, Aeriel (Boston University Initiative on Cities, 2015-04)
    At the heart of a thriving city is a healthy balance sheet — critically important, yet rarely a headline-maker. To prosper, cities must continually invest, carefully balancing current needs with past promises and future ...
  • Mayors and the health of cities 

    Lusk, Katharine; Wang, Monica; Godinez Puig, Luisa (Boston University Initiative on Cities, 2019-06-04)
    Mayors and the Health of Cities sheds light on how US mayors perceive and prioritize the health of their cities in the context of existing urban health data. The report also highlights promising city-led initiatives targeting ...
  • Lessons learned in effective community-university-industry collaboration models for smart and connected communities research 

    Lusk, Katharine (Boston University Initiative on Cities and Hariri Institute for Computing, 2018-12)
    In 2017, the Boston University Hariri Institute for Computing and the Initiative on Cities co-hosted two workshops on “Effective Community-University-Industry Collaboration Models for Smart and Connected Communities ...
  • 2018 Menino Survey of Mayors 

    Einstein, Katherine Levine; Glick, David; Palmer, Maxwell; Fox, Stacy (Boston University Initiative on Cities, 2019-01-22)
    The 2018 Menino Survey of Mayors represents the fifth scientifically rigorous and nationally representative survey of American mayors released by the Boston University Initiatives on Cities and supported by Citi Community ...
  • Mayoral views on racism and discrimination 

    Levine Einstein, Katherine; Glick, David; Palmer, Maxwell; Lusk, Katharine (The National League of Cities and the Boston University Initiative on Cities, 2018-09-17)
    This report, which draws on data from the 2017 Menino Survey of Mayors, explores how mayors of medium-sized and large cities understand race, discrimination and equity in their communities and on a national level. The ...

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