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    National Context Followup: Harrisburg, …

    Evan Gross

    Add one more to the list of cities falling into bankruptcy amid the widespread government fiscal crises of the Great Recession.  The City Council of Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, voted last Tuesday night to declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy in what is just the next step of a continuing financial disaster ...

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    National Context: History of Municipal F …

    Evan Gross

    The biggest story in the media this past year has been the federal deficit and the resulting debt ceiling controversy that bitterly divided the country, stalled the economy, and resulted in a humiliating credit downgrade of the United States. However, under the radar, local governments across United States are playing out ...

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    The Community Development Block Grant Pr …

    Matt Grossmann

    The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was designed in 1974 to help revitalize cities and neighborhoods with the assistance of Federal funds.  The CDBG program was established under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and today is one of their longest continually running programs.

     

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    Meet your Policy Fellow: Michael Raley

    Michael Raley is a fourth year Sociology and Public Administration/Public Policy student at Michigan State University. He is especially interested in the public policy, politics, and sociology of urban space, as well as transportation systems and public transit. A native of the Grand Rapids area, Michael is currently an intern in the office of State Representative Roy Schmidt, who represents the west and northeast sides of the city. He also aspires to pursue a career in urban and regional planning, and hopes to attend graduate school for such a course of study.