Crises demand innovation; here’s how to do it best

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan discuss an initiative to give a public school students computer tablets and high-speed internet for virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s one of thousands of ways cities have been innovating at an unprecedented pace and scale. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The COVID-19 crisis has sparked a wave of municipal innovation at an unprecedented pace and scale.

Every day, city leaders are building solutions that they probably couldn’t have imagined just a couple months ago. They’re renting out entire hotels to serve as quarantine sites; rounding up donations of masks, gloves, and other protective equipment; converting convention centers