It’s hard to predict, amid the cacophony of T.V. commercials and campaign promises, how New York City will change under the tenure of our next mayor. But no one would dispute that the winner of the election will be signing up for a profoundly challenging job.
NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is prepared to help—with a concrete list of 15 policy innovations ready to hand to the next mayor, whoever that might be.
With the city’s future in mind, urban specialists Neil Kleiman, director of the school’s Innovation Policy Labs, and Jonathan Bowles, who heads the nonprofit Center for an Urban Future, went searching for government initiatives that been implemented in cities around the world, with the thought that some of them could also be useful in the Big Apple. They interviewed more than 200 policy makers, and, over a period of six months, whittled down a collection of 120 great ideas to a stellar list of just 15.
The suggested reforms include everything from an automatic college savings account for public-school kindergarteners to an updated 311 system with mobile smartphone apps.
Concerned citizens and mayoral candidates alike can read about all 15 game-changing ideas in Wagner’s “Innovation and the City” booklet, available online here.