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In top news this week, city leaders in Boulder, Colorado, are trying to figure out what steps they can take to make their community safer after a gunman opened fire in a grocery store last week, killing 10. While gun control and mental health initiatives are top of mind for Mayor Sam Weaver, this is easier said than done in the state of Colorado; state law makes it difficult for cities to enforce stricter gun regulations than the rest of the state. It's also not clear if such patchwork restrictions would have prevented last week's attack in the first place.

And in featured content, our top story this week comes from Sarah Wilson of GovGrantsHelp, who explains how the newly enacted American Rescue Plan will impact local governments. We're also highlighting a piece from our newest contributor David Moser, who walks us through the Designated Outdoor Drinking Area (DORA) trend that's helping Ohio communities recover from COVID-19.

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The impact of the American Rescue Plan on local government
By Sarah Wilson  
Cities and counties will receive $130 billion in aid for COVID-19 response
COVID comeback: Are Designated Outdoor Drinking Areas right for your community?
By David Moser, Esq. 
While DORAs promise to revitalize local business districts hit hard by COVID-19, they also come with unique guidelines for set-up, regulation and local law enforcement
What local governments should consider about working from home, post COVID-19
By Megan Wells 
In the wake of widespread social distancing orders, many critical government tasks were transitioned online, but should this continue as restrictions are lifted?
How to improve public health, the environment and racial equity all at once: Upgrade low-income housing
By Jonathan Levy 
The pandemic has spotlighted how directly housing impacts people’s health
Why data-informed community engagement is crime prevention and policing reimagined
By Joel Caplan, Ph.D. 
The DICE framework for public safety involves police, but it does not prioritize law enforcement or use it as a singular intervention strategy
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