Last spring's passage of a civil-unions law in Vermont, which grants
homosexual couples the same rights as married heterosexuals, has
pitted neighbor against neighbor in a bitter and widely publicized
battle. But from an economic perspective, the political struggle may
have its positive side.
Philadelphia has a powerful new tool in its fight against blight. A new Web-based Neighborhood Information System combines an expansive property database with detailed city maps, reducing time spent finding information on a single property from weeks to seconds.
In 1994, Harold Levy went back to school. In the 25 years since he'd stepped inside a New York City school building, he had risen from a star pupil at the Bronx High School of Science to a corporate lawyer chairing a high-profile commission examining the infrastructure of the city's public education system. In those years, his old elementary school had not fared as well.
The city of Albuquerque is fairly aggressive in its pursuit of water conservation, using surveillance video cameras and asking residents to report their neighbors when they witness excessive water usage.
If transit managers have their way, fare card machines may go the way of the onboard conductor. Transit systems around the country are examining ways to phase out station card sales by linking ride purchases to banks.
New Hampshire's Jeanne Shaheen recently became the nation's fifth governor to issue an executive order prohibiting software piracy and mandating that state agencies set up programs to regulate proper software distribution.