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Anne Jordan was a contributing editor to GOVERNING.

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January 18, 2008

Taking a Read on Crime

Thousands of public libraries have jumped on the "One Book, One City" bandwagon since Seattle sponsored the first citywide reading program a decade ...
May 21, 2007

Neverending Stories

This is part of a series of reflections on a conference I attended May 4 & 5 in Cleveland: "The Changing Face of Cities," organized ...
May 14, 2007

Library Novelties

This is part of a series of reflections on a conference I attended May 4 & 5 in Cleveland: "The Changing Face of Cities," organized ...
May 10, 2007

Immigrant Gateways

This is part of a series of reflections on a conference I attended last weekend in Cleveland: "The Changing Face of Cities," organized ...
May 8, 2007

Looking a Gift Ban in the Mouth

After attending a conference this weekend in Cleveland, I can report firsthand that Ohio Governor Ted Strickland's new ethics rules are being taken seriously. Both ...
March 14, 2007

Liquor Control

Yesterday, one of my colleagues here on the 13th Floor was telling me about the decent wine he could get for less than $4 a bottle ...
March 5, 2007

Winning Water

This weekend, I went up to our cabin just outside Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, in part to make sure the water pipes hadn't burst during ...
March 1, 2007

Give SCHIP More Teeth

A few years ago, when my son was 12, he had to have a root canal. I like to believe it's because he didn't brush his ...
February 28, 2007

Who Will Follow Daley -- Someday?

Despite a lingering federal investigation into hiring and contracting fraud at city hall, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley won reelection yesterday with 71 percent of the ...
February 15, 2007

Capitol Corral

If you think the office you work in is bad, check out this except from Dig, Boston's alternative weekly newspaper: From the time they take ...
February 13, 2007

Going to the Dogs

Governing and its readers love 50-state rankings that enable us to make meaningful comparisons among governments. Bucking the tradition of providing useful information, I've assembled ...
November 20, 2006

Closing the Books

Last week's Public Officials of the Year awards dinner was, as always, a celebratory event. But seeing Chicago Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey (one of our ...
November 7, 2006

Tuition Rollbacks

My son is currently in the midst of applying to colleges, so I am on heightened alert when it comes to news headlines with the ...
November 1, 2006

Loyal To The Library

But willing to loan out her management skills.
September 6, 2006

Riding Between the Lines

An article in the Seattle Weekly bemoans the difficulty of finding a map that shows the city's bus routes overlaid on a comprehensive street grid. ...
August 30, 2006

Crate Crackdown

Years ago--okay, decades--when I went off to college, I took along several plastic milk crates. They had served me well as storage units in my ...
August 24, 2006

Monitoring Motorists

Yesterday, after a brief search for a cheap used car, I shifted gears and bought a cheap, new car. It's a little red hatchback with ...
August 23, 2006

Serious Comics

In the current issue of Governing, my colleague Jonathan Walters relates how some governments are trying to package performance reports (which, he notes, typically "...
August 16, 2006

Yellow-Brick Ode

Six weeks ago, my husband and I went to settlement on a weekend home in Berkeley Springs, an historic town in the eastern panhandle of ...
June 29, 2006

Fraternal Wins

Two years ago, my colleague Rob Gurwitt wrote a feature about Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin's remarkable ability to forge alliances among disparate interests and factions, ...
June 5, 2006

Copping Copper

Add copper to the list of metals that are increasingly being stolen from the public domain, as high demand worldwide has tripled the price that ...
June 5, 2006

Preeminent Domain

If your e-mail address fits the standard government model -- johndoe@agency.state.us or janedoe@anycity.gov -- you are definitely not an economic ...
April 23, 2006

Book Boulevard

I recently spent a couple of beautiful spring days in Chicago with my family. Like typical tourists, we enjoyed an afternoon walking around Millennium Park ...
April 20, 2006

Northern Exposure

This morning, I saw a map showing the spread of the mumps in Iowa (815 people and counting) and beyond. So far, 350 additional cases have been ...
April 19, 2006

Write Your Own Caption: Paradox in the Park

Write a caption for this Pollyannish sign I photographed last week at Sibley State Park in Minnesota.             &...
April 3, 2006

The Lifestyle Library

There's always something interesting in the montly newsletter I receive from the Urban Libraries Council. An article in the April edition highlights some of the ...
March 31, 2006

Mega Metropolis

When Metropolis , the glossy monthly on architecture and design, shows up at our house, the first thing my teenage son (who wants to be an ...
March 8, 2006

Kirbyyyyyy Puckett Field?

In "Skybox Skeptics" [Governing, March], my colleague Josh Goodman writes about the growing difficulty baseball teams are having leveraging public money for new ...
March 6, 2006

One-upping Oprah

"One Book, One City" initiatives, whereby local residents all read and discuss the same book during a set period of time, have spread ...
February 16, 2006

Rubber Stamp

When I saw the newspaper headline "To Market a City Condom, Make It Catchy but Tasteful", I knew immediately that the city was ...
February 16, 2006

First-Suburb Summit

Yesterday, I attended a symposium at the Brookings Institution that accompanied the release of a ground-breaking report on America's "first suburbs." Researchers with ...
February 7, 2006

Books and Hammers

My father was a librarian, so our summer vacations inevitably revolved around the city in which the American Library Association was holding its annual meeting: ...
January 30, 2006

Target Practice

Growing up in Minnesota, I was shopping at Target stores long before the rest of the country had heard of the discount retailer. It's even ...
January 25, 2006

Poignant Portraits

Wandering around Denver International Airport during a 2 1/2 hour layover, I came across an interesting exhibit in the corridors of Concourse A: a photo gallery of ...
January 12, 2006

Not Last (At Last)

The District of Columbia is a political jurisdiction like no other. Its unique status and demographics often skew the statistics in 50-state comparisons. So when ...
January 4, 2006

Major Mistake About Miners

Football players are well known for starting to celebrate a touchdown before they actually cross the goal line. Occasionally, they get tripped up, lose the ...
January 3, 2006

California Floodin'

On hearing that 750 homes and businesses in Napa, California, were flooded by last weekend's storms, I immediately thought of the story Governing ran in the ...
December 23, 2005

Don't Try This At Home

My Christmas tree has been up for a couple of weeks and is starting to shed some of its needles. But that's nothing compared with ...
December 14, 2005

Code Red for ER One

Just read a Washington Post editorial about a casualty in the HHS appropriations bill: ER One. In Congress's efforts to rid the bill of earmarks, ...
December 2, 2005

Employment Enigma

fedgazette, the bimonthly newspaper of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, may not be part of your regular reading routine, but I can recommend it ...
November 30, 2005

Will EPA Skip a Year on Data?

A page in Governing's annual State & Local Sourcebook is always devoted to 50-state data on toxic chemical releases. The numbers come from the U....
November 30, 2005

Image Problem

Among the items in the gift catalogs I was browsing through last evening are "talking president" dolls--12" action figures of George W. ...
November 28, 2005

Fortress Mentality

This week, the Mississippi Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal plans to begin distributing free copies of "A Pattern Book for Gulf Coast ...
November 9, 2005

Big Wins for Black Execs

African-Americans fared well on Election Day in races for high-level local offices. Four cities elected their first black mayor: Buffalo, N.Y. - Democrat  ...
November 3, 2005

Jettisoning Regional Jets

"The day of the regional jet is over," airline consultant Mike Boyd declared in a USA Today article. That news is both surprising, ...
October 28, 2005

Latest Library Loans: Laptops

Miami-Dade has joined the growing ranks of public library systems offering free wireless Internet access to their patrons. That's newsworthy on a local level, but ...
October 10, 2005

Who Will Manage the Bird Flu?

The Bush administration is still working on the details of its preparedness plan to deal with an avian influenza pandemic. But one thing already is ...
October 5, 2005

A History Lesson for Today

"Only a fraction of [the city's] population remained, thousands having...fled the town. Those inhabitants who had chosen to stay in the hopes of ...
October 5, 2005

From Bureaucracy to Burger King?

The big news out of New Orleans late yesterday was, of course, Mayor Ray Nagin's announcement that the city was laying off 3,000 employees--half of its ...
October 4, 2005

In Remembrance

Today, my friends the Kulicks should be celebrating their second daughter's first birthday. But Victoria won't be blowing out a little candle on a cake. ...
October 3, 2005

Too Friendly at the DMV?

It's often interesting when the journalists here on the 13th Floor have occasion to interact as private citizens with the state and local governments we ...
September 23, 2005

Lack of Evidence

Earlier this week, my colleague Ellen Perlman wrote about a plea from the CIO of Louisiana's court system asking for private-sector donations of high-tech equipment ...
September 19, 2005

Crossing the Library Line

The branch library a half-mile from my home in suburban Montgomery County, Maryland, is adequate for most of my leisure reading needs and my sons' ...
September 6, 2005

Zoning Takes Houston By Storm

Houston and zoning aren't often used in the same sentence. But then, Hurricane Katrina changed a lot of things. Yesterday, in Americ a's largest city ...
August 31, 2005

A New New Orleans?

Today out the windows of the 13th Floor, I see fast-moving, billowy clouds and a fluttering American flag. They are innocuous remnants of Hurricane Katrina--and ...
August 30, 2005

Why Did the Ostrich Cross the Road?

Officials at the Golden Gate Bridge can add a new section to their online gallery: photos of the increasingly large and exotic animals crossing the ...
August 16, 2005

Building Outside the Box

Design matters. That's the message of two articles I read this past week: one on public works in New York City, the other on high-rise ...
August 4, 2005

Bear Minimum

Last week, my family trekked from Washington, D.C., to Yellowstone National Park in hopes of seeing some bears (and wolves), which we did--mostly through ...
August 1, 2005

Double Booking

A city and a university sharing a library? It's not easy, but San Jose is doing it.
June 29, 2005

Removing Their Cap

Earlier this month, Stephen Howard, a senior vice president at Lehman Bros., told Congress it should lift the cap on tax-exempt private activity bonds as ...
June 24, 2005

Could You Repeat That?

Saw an interesting front-page New York Times article this morning about states requiring public universities to make sure instructors are proficient in English. As a ...
June 17, 2005

Americans in Paris

Smokestack chasing is so 20th century. Or is it? The presence of state economic development officials--and even a few governors--at the Paris Air Show indicates ...
June 10, 2005

Phantom Growth

Having been raised in neighboring Minnesota, when I read that rural Hanson County, South Dakota, was the fourth-fastest-growing county in the nation, I had to ...
June 7, 2005

Stealing Steel

O.K., it's time to admit publicly what people in the office have known for a while: I read Waste News. What's more, occasionally there's ...
April 1, 2003

Friends of The Library

State library agencies aren't known for having broad public support. At least not until the governor tries to eliminate them.
November 1, 2001

Deborah L. Jacobs: Master Listener

Building libraries by consensus
October 1, 2001

Branching Out

The humble neighborhood library is becoming a community magnet and engine of local revival.