Jason Axelrod

Content Producer,
American City & County

Jason Axelrod is an award-winning journalist who has written and reported for The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Business Journal and Mother Nature Network, among other news outlets. Jason holds a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from The University of Georgia. 



The 10 cities where populations are swelling the most
24/7 Wall St. examined data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program and came up with the 50 American metropolitan areas that saw the highest increases in population between 2010 and 2017. We've included the top 10 here, along with relevant U.S. Census data. Is your city located in the metropolitan areas listed here?
Government-run citizens’ academies educate people on local public affairs
Citizen engagement is an ever-present challenge in local government, but programs across the country are bringing citizens closer to government by educating them on its inner workings.
Despite protests, three New Jersey counties sign, continue lucrative deals for housing detained immigrants in county jails
The housing of detained immigrants in county jails for the Trump Administration has become a cash cow for three New Jersey counties. But decisions to renew contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been met with backlash.
Indiana city's controversial online overdose map modified following numerous complaints
Sharing information with the public is an important function of any government. But sometimes, that information may be too personal to share. Such was the case when Bloomington, Ind.. officials began tracking opioid overdose deaths online through a map that pinpoints the addresses of overdose victims within city limits
The 25 U.S. cities where populations are declining most
Financial news site 24/7 Wall St. examined data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program and came up with the 50 American metropolitan areas from which the most people are moving away. We've included the top 25 here, alongside relevant U.S. Census data. Is your city on the list?
Police step up presence at media outlets following Maryland newspaper shooting
Police departments in major cities have stepped up officer presence at newsrooms across the country after a shooting in a Maryland newspaper office killed multiple people.
Mayors pledge to defend municipal workers’ rights in wake of Janus decision 1
The Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME against public sector labor unions has prompted mayors across the country to pledge support of municipal workers’ rights amid polarizing reactions.
Stormwater's new look
Innovative projects beautify large areas while mitigating stormwater damage and educating the public.
Local officials across U.S. denied entry into immigrant children detention facility
A bipartisan group of mayors from the U.S. Conference of Mayors was turned away from entering a temporary detention facility in Tornillo, Texas, which is holding undocumented children separated from their parents.
Local governments, citizens take stands against fracking in their communities
As the effects of fracking continue to be realized, some local governments are banning the practice in their communities. In some instances where a government has tried to further regulate the practice, citizens have pushed to ban the practice altogether.
Cities celebrate Juneteenth to commemorate abolishment of slavery

Many cities across the country have held or are holding formal celebrations to mark the day known as Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 each year, commemorates the announcement of slavery’s abolition in Texas on June 19, 1865, according to the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). Texas was the final rebel state to allow slavery during the civil war, ending the practice nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Babcock Ranch offers glimpse of how municipal sustainability, technology might look in future
The first entirely solar-powered American city has arrived, and it’s located in Florida.
Flooded Maryland city and county rebuild amid worries about future
Questions loom about Elliott City, Md.’s future as the city and Howard County, Md., try to rebuild after the second ‘1,000-year flood’ in two years slammed into the city.
The 10 best cities in which to live for 2018
U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the 125 best cities to live in for 2018 based on national data. We've included the top 10 cities here. Is your city on the list?
Civil disability
As midterm elections approach, the U.S. Department of Justice is enforcing improved polling place accessibility in jurisdictions across the country.
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