Citiwire.net: Time to Enlist State Powers to Curb Deadliest Guns

      Citiwire.net 27 December 2012 Welcome to Citiwire.net! We ring out 2012 with a duo of columns from two Citistates Group founders, Curtis Johnson and Neal Peirce. In the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy, Neal offers a strategy for enacting sensible gun restrictions, despite paralysis at the federal level: state action. …

Neal Peirce on the National Popular Vote, Mark Pisano on the Transition

The ‘National Popular Vote’ — Time At Last? NEAL PEIRCE / JAN 14 2012 © 2012 Washington Post Writers Group WASHINGTON — Newspapers, the airwaves and the blogosphere are already delivering 24-7 news and speculation focused on the 2012 presidential campaign. But in the end, will we get the president …

Can an Equity Agenda Spark Economic Growth?

Can an Equity Agenda Spark Economic Growth? By Neal Peirce For Release Sunday, November 20, 2011 (c) 2011 Washington Post Writers Group DETROIT — “We stand with Occupy Wall Street. We’re inspired by the organizing we’ve seen… It catches the moment.” But the group PolicyLink, meeting here last week with …

Public Transit, Access to Jobs: Escaping Our “Exit Ramp” Economy

“Welcome to Citiwire.net! Leave it to the Brookings policy wonks and number crunchers to digitize Americans’ transit habits, metro by metro, for the first time. ‘Surprise’ bottom line: transit works when regions plan their land use, fund their systems. That means better access to jobs. Put another way: If you …

A 30-Year Success Story: What’s Next for “LISC”?

“Welcome to Citiwire.net! There’s lots of phony talk about “American exceptionalism” these days. But I’d nominate one valid contender: the early and continuing foundation and corporate support of development for our troubled neighborhoods. A major leader: the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Since I first interviewed founder Mike Sviridoff in 1979-80, …

World Cities: Where to Put Their Oncoming Billions?

“Welcome to Citiwire.net! Will (must) the world’s cities grow dramatically in land form in the years ahead? It’s no longer very likely in the U.S. and Europe, but represents the all-but-inevitable scenario in the developing world as hundreds of millions of rural residents continue to pour into cities. A Lincoln …