Viewpoints

Displaying Items 1-15 (of 126)

How Can Georgia’s Small Cities Survive in The Future?

October 6, 2021

By Donovan Rypkema, Principal, Place Economics

Preferences on where to live are changing. Early in the pandemic, there were news stories claiming an exodus from cities into less dense areas. As of today, that pattern seems to have been largely exaggerated.

Full Story

The Cities of Georgia: Planting Seeds and Living Dreams

October 6, 2021

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

Through this time, one common ingredient is that city leaders have stepped up courageously to be voices of stability, encouragement and hope for the citizens they serve.

Full Story

Local Action, Statewide Impact

October 6, 2021

By Jim Thornton, GMA President

While serving as mayor or as a city councilmember is mostly a thankless job, it does have an upside. As we ride around or walk through our cities, we can point to things that are good, and things that are getting better, and projects that are happening, at least in part because of our work.

Full Story

Beyond Youth: The Promise of Young Adults in Cities

August 10, 2021

By: Youth Commissioned by The National League Of Cities: J. Bethea, A. Campos, A. Martinez, J. Snipe

Young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 are arrested and jailed at higher rates than other age ranges, representing only 9.5% of the U.S. population, yet accounting for 23% of all arrests. We are frequently portrayed as violent or irresponsible by the media and, by the many systems that overwhelmingly fail us.

Full Story

Building Strong Communities Through Partnerships

August 10, 2021

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

When we think of partnerships, we must think not just of those in our immediate surroundings, but all those around us that can be force multipliers to help us achieve our goals.

Full Story

A Brighter Future Starts Today

August 10, 2021

By Jim Thornton, GMA President

The future of Georgia and of our cities is bright, and much of the credit for the optimism we share is due to the leadership of Georgia’s mayors, councilmembers and city officials.

Full Story

Building Parks and Trails with Creativity and Collaboration

June 4, 2021

By George Dusenbury, Georgia State Director for the Trust for Public Land and Commissioner

"Early in the pandemic, it became clear that the outdoors was the safest place to exercise, play and interact with friends and family. In fact, green spaces have seen record usage over the last year. One year into the pandemic, all signs indicate they will stay that way." - George Dusenbury, Georgia State Director for the Trust for Public Land and Commissioner, City of Decatur

Full Story

The Right Road: Planning for The Future

June 4, 2021

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

"The journey to success may be long, but the intentionality of planning will ensure we take the right road to reach a destination of accomplishment, as opposed to our destination being “somewhere” or “anywhere.” - Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

Full Story

Moving Forward with Respect

June 4, 2021

By Vince Williams, GMA President

"And as we navigate our intergovernmental system, it is incumbent upon us to always hold high and respect what we as cities and city officials bring to the table. Without our own self-respect and support of each other, we will not succeed." - Vince Williams, GMA President

Full Story

Downtown Developments: Promoting Downtowns as a Visitor Attraction

June 4, 2021

By Cheryl Hargrove, Cultural Heritage Tourism Specialist Based on St. Simons Island

"As we enter a post-pandemic “reopening” phase, visitors still want many of the same experiences as pre-COVID: to feel welcomed and safe and experience unique shops and activities they cannot find at home." - Cheryl Hargrove, Cultural Heritage Tourism Specialist Based on St. Simons Island

Full Story

How to stop a killing like that of George Floyd from ever happening again

April 8, 2021

CNN

Derek Chauvin's trial provides a moment to ask ourselves: If another officer were to engage in similar misconduct today, would his colleagues again refuse to step in and stop it?

Full Story

Innovation Through Reconsideration

April 5, 2021

By Katherine Moore, President, Georgia Conservancy

"Numerous cities are demonstrating their innovation by turning fresh eyes and energy to their downtowns, the oldest areas of our cities. These activity centers attract us not only through their often-inexpressible charm, but precisely because they meet the needs of today and the demands of the future." - Katherine Moore, President, Georgia Conservancy

Full Story

GMA Works to Meet Your Needs

April 5, 2021

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

"The term “Cities United” is exemplified in GMA’s efforts to answer the outcry from city leaders around the state to help you respond to this unprecedented health and economic crisis. We could not have achieved this victory without you." - Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

Full Story

Cities Spring Forward With Renewed Energy

April 5, 2021

By Vince Williams, GMA President

"While the challenges before us today are humbling, I find that the turmoil of the past year has provided me with both a clarity of purpose and renewed energy." - Vince Williams, GMA President

Full Story

Look to Your Neighbor: How Georgia’s Cities are Advancing Sustainability Through Housing Choice

April 5, 2021

By Nick Johnson, Senior Planner, Georgia Conservancy

"Through the course of my work at Georgia Conservancy, I am often asked a question that goes something like this: Why does a conservation-focused non-profit care so much about housing?" - Nick Johnson, Senior Planner, Georgia Conservancy

Full Story

Displaying Items 1-15 (of 126)