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Nearly 400 mayors are receiving real time crisis and emergency management advice from experts on a weekly basis. The effort is organized by the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

Somerville has gone from a symbol of urban problems to an icon of modern municipal management. It is still a city of neighborhoods, where the mayor coaches the football team and the accents vary from broad Boston to Latino, Asian and African.

Big data makes better cities

Professor Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Data-Smart City Solutions Project at the Kennedy School’s Ash Center, describes how city and state governments can improve service to citizens by harnessing new technologies.