The 2019 version of CML's State of Our Cities & Towns report looks back at the past 10 years since the Great Recession. Read the full report or its executive summary, or view complete survey results.
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?
Key findings of the report include:
One thing stood out: Housing. Twenty-six percent of respondents 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.”
CML, as part of our commitment to serving the cities and towns of Colorado, also has committed to facing the housing crisis head-on. The 2019 State of Our Cities & Towns survey provided the data to confirm what we already believed: Our members need support on this topic. New resources on this topic include the February issue of our magazine, a podcast on homelessness, and a video on an affordable housing project in the City of Wheat Ridge. Look for more resources in 2019; previously released publications and video are available under Issues > Affordable Housing.