As the New Orleans homicide rate continued uncontrolled six years ago, city leaders tried something new. They assembled a small, diverse team of outsiders to brainstorm solutions under a pilot program of Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The team studied policing tactics across the country and helped build a strategy that drove down homicides about 20 percent over four years.
That outsider approach will now be reproduced in Baltimore, the latest city selected for an "innovation team" funded and guided by Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York.
"They really came in and just blew the entire conventional thinking up," said Brooke Smith, chief of staff for...