A new survey of the nation’s mayors shows that aging and underfunded infrastructure rises above other shared challenges facing their cities.
Nearly half of participants cited infrastructure as their most pressing issue. “Economic and structure/mobility” had the second largest response with less than twenty percent.
“In 2014, infrastructure topped the list of mayoral challenges. In 2015, mayors named their greatest shared challenge - one where they could typically rely on other government partners for help. Continued underinvestment in infrastructure rose to the top, with more than half of mayors naming it in an open-ended question as the greatest shared challenge facing their city. Topping their list of needs, overwhelmingly, is roads,” stated the press release announcing the latest report.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors in partnership with The Boston University Initiative on Cities released the 2015 Menino Survey of Mayors, which details the most pressing needs and policy priorities of mayors in cities across the country.