A city hall or town hall is the headquarters or chief administrative building of a city or town's administration and usually houses the city or town council, its associated departments and their employees including the mayor. City halls and town halls serve a critical role in hosting municipal offices and services, but they are also as symbols of local government, as they have distinctive architecture and some buildings may have great historical significance as they leave a visual legacy for the city they represent.
Town Hall Meetings
The purpose of town hall meetings is for local and regional officials to hear the community's views on public issues. Attendees voice their opinions, present fresh ideas, air grievances; ask questions of the elected officials or political candidates at the town hall.
Sometimes, the town hall meeting is televised or recorded. Some have explored alternative formats for town hall meetings, such as an “electronic town hall” to attract a larger audience when attendance is difficult.