Derek Prall

Derek
Prall
Editor,
American City & County

Derek Prall is a multiple award-winning international journalist whose held numerous positions with a variety of print and online publications including the New Jersey Herald, The Public Manager Magazine and TD magazine. He's a 2008 graduate of Furman University holding bachelor's degrees in both English Literature and Communications Studies.

Articles

San Francisco escalates scooter skirmish
Last week the San Francisco public works department impounded dozens of the personal motorized vehicles. This comes only two weeks after three companies – Lime, Bird and Spin – deployed fleets of scooters across the city.
Amid turmoil, Atlanta's new mayor announces transparency initiative
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is committing to making her city a more open, transparent entity.
Between a rock and a hard place
Local leaders are feeling the tension between upholding federal immigration laws while still protecting the rights of residents.
Top 10 fastest growing metro areas
It's no secret that the nation's cities are growing, but which metro areas are seeing the biggest increases in population? The U.S. Census Bureau recently released population figures for Americas largest urban centers for 2017. Is your city on the list?
White streets in LA combat the 'heat island' effect
In an effort to cool the city, Los Angeles is experimenting with painting some of its streets white.
Community blues
Shifting attitudes in policing tactics are connecting officers with the communities they serve.
Bad medicine
Over-prescription of opioid medications has set off what could be the worst public health crisis in American history.
Immigration conflict causes mayors to skip White House meeting
Several prominent mayors chose to pass on a meeting with the president to discuss infrastructure in the wake of increased pressure from the Department of Justice on sanctuary cities.
Baltimore mayor hopes new police leadership can curb violent crime
Baltimore’s new Mayor, Catherine Pugh, says she is impatient for crime rates to improve in her city, but feels confident that by appointing new leadership in the police department, conditions will improve.
The robo-car revolution
Automated vehicles are about to take over our streets; what are cities doing to prepare for this disruptive technology?
American City & County's 2017 Leadership Awards
Each year American City & County honors public officials from across the county for their impressive accomplishments and outstanding leadership with the Municipal Leader, the County Leader, and the Public Works Official of the Year awards.
Driving big data
By helping local governments work smarter, telematics systems are saving time, money and lives.
Top 10 cities for UFO sightings
Just in time for Halloween, data shows residents of these 10 cities are the most likely to see unexplained lights in the sky. Are they visitors from another world, experimental aircraft or just overactive imaginations? No one knows for sure, but for believers, the truth is out there.
Millennials in transit
Young peoples’ shifting attitudes regarding transportation will change the way our cities operate.
The 25 worst cities for raising a family
Personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the 150 most populated American cities using 41 metrics to determine the best and worst places to raise a family. We've included the bottom 25 cities here. Is your city on the list?