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Alaina Harkness is a fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Centennial Scholar Initiative, where she works on the Project on 21st Century City Governance. She is on leave from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where she served as a senior program officer for Cities, focusing on the intersection of urban community development and emerging information technologies.
U.S. mayors are on the front lines of major global and societal change. It’s time for them to lead beyond the limits of their formal powers.