• Mayors from across the U.S. gather to discuss issues affecting their communities

    More than 200 mayors have traveled to Washington for the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting. During the meeting, they will discuss policy initiatives for cities and meet with federal officials, including President Biden. Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, a Republican, and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, a Democrat, joined Amna Nawaz to discuss this week's meetings.

    Amna Nawaz:

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  • Mayor Stoney discusses service, millennials, and evil in Richmond on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney discussed the importance of community service, the role of millennials, and the evils that exist in Richmond during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day presentation at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

    After echoing Richmond's AmeriCorps Program director Paul Manning's message that service is not a one-day-a-year phenomenon and should be the goal every day, Mayor Stoney, 41, reminded his younger generation of millennial leaders of the work that came before them.

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  • "I know that paving isn't sexy" - Stoney and others discuss vision to improve road safety in Richmond

    Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney spoke at City Hall on Wednesday to outline what the future holds for the city’s network of roads, bike paths and pedestrian infrastructure.

    Stoney and other city officials addressed the Department of Public Works’ measures to implement the city’s crash-reduction initiative, Vision Zero, and the Richmond Police Department’s plan to improve pedestrian and traffic safety through engineering, awareness and enforcement.

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  • Removal of A.P. Hill statue points to new era in Richmond history

    Two years ago, the city of Richmond decided it was time to stop displaying Confederate monuments, enabled by state legislation that overturned restrictions on the removal of “war memorials.”

    Protesters had already begun toppling them during racial justice protests, and more than 20 monuments eventually came down. But the statue of A.P. Hill at Laburnum Avenue and Heritage Road was different, since the general's remains were believed to be inside.

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  • Richmond slashes permit delays, backlog

    Richmond’s planning officials have slashed sometimes monthslong delays in granting building permits, city records show.

    Permits that sometimes languished in queues awaiting processing for 50 to 55 days at the start of 2022 have been rolling out after an average wait of one to three days since the summer.

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  • $2.4 billion Diamond District project takes shape after developer selected

    After striking out on a casino and a new downtown arena in the past two years, the city of Richmond is poised to land a $2.4 billion redevelopment project that delivers a new baseball stadium and mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood along Arthur Ashe Boulevard.

    “There is nothing minor league about any of this,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said Tuesday in a news conference announcing the project and the selection of a development team for it. “This is a major league investment in the people of Richmond.”

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  • Recession remedies: Lessons learned from the US economic policy response to COVID-19

    In the United States, COVID-19 triggered a sharp economic downturn. Yet, the ensuing economic recovery was faster and stronger than nearly any forecaster anticipated due in part to the swift, aggressive, sustained, and creative fiscal and monetary policy response in the U.S. While the next recession most likely won’t be triggered by a pandemic, the response can be informed by lessons learned from the COVID-19 recession.

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  • Democratic Mayors Association Elects New Leadership

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Democratic Mayors Association elected Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney as their new President, along with Vice Presidents Mayor Kate Gallego (Phoenix, AZ), Mayor Steve Adler (Austin, TX), Mayor Todd Gloria (San Diego, CA), and Mayor Paige Cognetti (Scranton, PA). Mayor Adrian Perkins (Shreveport, LA) was elected as Secretary, and Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway (Madison, WI) was elected as Treasurer. 

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  • Stoney claims outright win in Richmond mayoral contest

    Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney answers a question about the possibility of his reelection to the position during a news conference in Richmond, VA on November 4th, 2020

    Incumbent Levar Stoney claimed an outright victory in Richmond’s mayoral race, securing four more years in the top post at City Hall.

    With about 105,000 votes counted, the returns show Stoney won six of the city’s nine voter districts, according to unofficial results released Wednesday evening. The win means Stoney will avoid a runoff with one of his challengers.

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  • The Black, Millennial Mayor Who Tore Down His City’s White Monuments

    Under pressure from protesters in the former capital of the Confederacy, Levar Stoney bucked tradition and preempted state law to remove a street of statues, putting his reputation and reelection prospects on the line.

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