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15 Photos That Make Us Love City Agencies on Instagram

Our fave Instagram shares from 2015 include shots from Portland, Atlanta and San Francisco.

Social media’s been tricky terrain for many U.S. city governments navigating the era of transparency and Twitter, but on Instagram this year, these municipal departments and leaders managed to capture with a snap the reasons we love urban living.

1. Boston nails the beach look.

Fun in the sun today at our Splash Dance Party at Mozart Park in #jamaicaplain. Join us 8/7 at East Boston Memorial Park @mix1041 @turkeyhilldairy

A photo posted by Boston Parks & Recreation Dept (@bostonparksdept) on


2. Yes, Virginia, there is ice skating in the desert.


3. Raising funds with a Texas-sized cake. Yum. (Next City’s headed to Houston in May 2016 for our annual Vanguard conference.)

This is how we do #bakesales in #Texas. Last of our CMC #fundraisers. #givealittlehelpalot

A photo posted by City of Houston HCDD (@houstonhcdd) on


4. Pogo sticks offer a different perspective on the skyline.

Were you at #Pogopalooza this weekend? #DTJax #ilovejax

A photo posted by City of Jacksonville, Florida (@cityofjax) on


5. Twice the love: NYCGov’s “Instagram ambassadors” program + cats (kinda).



6. One word: Popeadelphia.

Are you ready for #popeinphl?

A photo posted by City of Philadelphia (@cityofphiladelphia) on

7. Sending a message.


8. Here’s a twist on the doughnut-buying cop.

ICYMI: Voodoo installed a cop drive-thru at Pioneer Square.

A photo posted by Portland Police (@portlandpolice) on


9. Never too young to learn about water conservation.

WASD in the community! We're participating in Commissioner Edmonson's annual book bag give away! Come see us, we'll be here until 2pm

A photo posted by Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Dept (@miamidadewater) on


10. One thing the U.S. is no longer lacking: pics of bike-riding mayors.


11. When a city gov displays the good kind of hot air.

Hot air balloons over downtown #Albuquerque this morning.

A photo posted by City of Albuquerque (@abqcity) on


12. Citywide celebrations.

#Castro celebrates #MarriageEquality! #LoveWins #LGBT

A photo posted by Scott Wiener (@scott_wiener) on


13. Modern or no, libraries are a vital community resource.


14. Next time you take a pretty tree shot at your fave city park, remember the space’s day-to-day maintenance.


15. L.A. DOT shows off its creative signal cabinets.

Signal cabinet artwork at Western & Wilshire

A photo posted by LADOT (@ladotofficial) on