Larry Claflin, Jr.

Columnist Larry Claflin, Jr., is a freelance writer based in New England and co-founder and former executive director of the non-profit Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. He is fascinated with the mechanics of city government and cultural development in cities.

Durham, N.C. looks to a future of shared economic prosperity while facing COVID-19 and a malware attack
A roundup of how local parks and recreation departments are helping residents stay both healthy and safe as the pandemic threatens communities
Jason Silva shares preservation, sustainability and transportation initiatives, and his biggest challenge.
This community in the Austin region may be on the small side, but that hasn’t stopped Eivens and her team from making Cedar Park, Texas, one of the best places to live in the U.S.
Tornado drills sharpen severe weather safety plans and make local emergency management practices better.
South Bend is enhancing community assets and safety through a $50 million parks redevelopment effort. Part of long-term planning on pedestrian safety enhancements, a city-owned bike repair shop supports bike commuting in the city’s West Side.
Bad weather happens, but good contingency plans can increase the safety of residents and visitors at festivals. These severe weather planning resources can help local governments reduce their public event risks.
After last year’s blockbuster hurricane disasters, NOAA is sending their Hurricane Hunters aircraft fleet on tour to five cities ahead of the 2019 hurricane season to increase hurricane awareness.
Colorado, Washington and other states with legal marijuana reconsider weed edibles packaging and labeling requirements in light of increases in emergency room visits and poison control calls for unintentional pediatric ingestion.
Coordination of policy and safety specialists deploy interventions that could reduce sexual harassment and assault incidents at concerts in public spaces.