Affordable housing remains an enduring challenge for municipal leaders. Our recent State of Our Cities & Towns report reveals that 26 percent of respondent cities and towns answered that it was “somewhat worse” than 10 years ago, and 17 percent stated it was “much worse.” Only 3 percent said that it was “much better.” Focusing in on the past three years alone, not a single municipality responded that housing had gotten “much better,” and 56 percent selected “somewhat worse” or “much worse.”
Recently, I was delighted to facilitate a weekend retreat for the City of Delta, led by Mayor Ron Austin and City Manager David Torgler. I love working with cities and towns and talking about their dreams for the future. These dreams are a part of what it takes to be a good leader in your municipality.
For the 10th anniversary of the State of Our Cities & Towns survey, CML asked our members to reflect on the years since the very first report. Looking back, what lasting challenges did the Great Recession leave for their municipalities, and what were they able to accomplish in spite of them? Looking forward, what is next?
Municipalities Matter is a regular blog by Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League. Sam is responsible to CML's 21-member executive board for executing the policies and programs of the League.
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