City Planning

How Long Beach is aligning stakeholders for long-term success

How Long Beach is aligning stakeholders for long-term success

The City of Long Beach published their Economic Development Blueprint - a 10-year plan for economic success. Learn how the city is using their Economic Insights Dashboard to make sure city staff and leadership can focus on implementation and keeping the momentum going.

Top 4 Performance Measures for Mid-Size Cities

Top 4 Performance Measures for Mid-Size Cities

As city budgets continue to shrink, the pressure to be more efficient and purposeful with resources is ever mounting—and residents expect transparency around how city funds are used. Providing proof that positive changes emerge from money spent has never been more crucial. Increasingly, cities are forming performance management departments to track performance metrics and guide the betterment of city governments.

mySidewalk studied performance metrics used by 20 mid-size cities to uncover the most common performance measures; 4 categories emerged as metrics that are universally vital to tracking city progress.

Beyond Open Data Portals: How Cities are Building Stronger Futures by Harnessing Data

Beyond Open Data Portals: How Cities are Building Stronger Futures by Harnessing Data

It’s 2017, and many cities are now opening their data to the public. Though residents now have access to a lot of (often complicated) data, few know how to interpret it. City leaders are starting to realize that opening data is simply not enough—in order to increase resident satisfaction and transparency around city performance, they must harness this data, using it in their everyday communications. In this post, we hear from three city leaders who are actively harnessing data—and reaping positive community outcomes as a result.  

How DC Planners Used a Bikeshare Program to Reduce Traffic Congestion

How DC Planners Used a Bikeshare Program to Reduce Traffic Congestion

DC's first bikesharing program may have been a flop, but its successor program has managed to lift some traffic congestion. What made the current program successful, and what can other planners learn from DC's success?