David Kidd is the design director and photo editor at Governing. He was the art director and staff photographer at Teacher magazine and the American Journalism Review before joining Governing in 2008.

November 1, 2018

Why This High School Football Team Spends $20,000 for Every Game

Photos and musings from our photographer.
November 1, 2018

To Get Rid of Blight, Baltimore Tries Something New

The city, which has more empty and dilapidated houses than most, is making buyers prove that they can afford to purchase a home -- and to fix it up.
October 18, 2018

Welcome to America's Smallest City Hall

Photos and musings from our photographer.
September 26, 2018

It Was America’s First Superhighway. Now Much of It Sits Abandoned.

But the Pennsylvania Turnpike hasn't been completely forgotten.
September 1, 2018

Behind the Lens: The Only State With an ‘Embassy’ in D.C.

It's just a block away from the U.S. Capitol.
August 7, 2018

'I'm Somewhere Bettering Myself': Prison Reform Unlike Any Other in America

North Dakota is conducting a prison experiment inspired by Norway, a country with recidivism rates three times lower than in the U.S.
August 1, 2018

Behind the Lens: The Oldest Free Music Festival in America

Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza may be better known, but this festival has been going strong since 1924.
July 27, 2018

Behind the Lens: A Peek at One State's Politics Hall of Fame

The Louisiana Political Museum may be the only one if its kind.
July 18, 2018

Behind the Lens: Remnants of a Once-Thriving Town

Photos and musings from our photographer.
July 3, 2018

Behind the Lens: Homeless and Sleeping at City Hall

Photos and musings from our photographer.
June 7, 2018

Behind the Lens: The Glass Barrier Between Us

Photos and musings from our photographer.
June 1, 2018

Behind the Lens: In Detroit, Police Bring Neighborhood Baseball Back

Photos and musings from our photographer.
May 31, 2018

Behind the Lens: Bike-Share Brings Ford Full Circle

Photos and musings from our photographer.
May 21, 2018

Behind the Lens: The Blue Whale of Catoosa

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
May 16, 2018

Behind the Lens: Say Goodbye to Hollywood's Star (of Trees)

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
May 1, 2018

Behind the Lens: Out of Prison, Into a Home of Her Own

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
April 27, 2018

Behind the Lens: Ghost Town

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
April 12, 2018

Behind the Lens: Abandoned Homes in Baltimore

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
April 6, 2018

Behind the Lens: The Boston Tea Pot

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
April 1, 2018

Behind the Lens: The Best Designed Basketball Courts in the World

According to Vogue anyway.
March 29, 2018

Behind the Lens: A Moment of Solitude at Walden Pond

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
March 1, 2018

Behind the Lens: Why People in This Alaskan Town Watch Ice Melt – Literally

When the ice breaks, someone wins a cash prize.
February 1, 2018

Behind the Lens: The Town That Had No Library

Architecture students transformed an old bank into a library for Newbern, Ala.
January 2, 2018

Behind the Lens: The Barboursville Ruins

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
January 1, 2018

Behind the Lens: Los Angeles Has a Surprising Winter Pastime

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
January 1, 2018

Behind the Lens: Ghost Bike

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
December 29, 2017

Behind the Lens: Changing Lights (and More) in Tulsa

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
December 28, 2017

Behind the Lens: Subways in the Desert

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
December 27, 2017

Behind the Lens: The Rosenwald Schools

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
December 26, 2017

Behind the Lens: Taking the Twin Falls Plunge

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
December 1, 2017

Behind the Lens: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for Arborists)

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.
November 1, 2017

The City Where Scaffolding Is Older Than a Lot of Its Residents

New York has 280 miles of “sidewalk sheds.”
October 1, 2017

Reno's Sign of the Times

When you drive through the city, you can’t miss its slogan. That wasn’t always the case.
September 29, 2017

Why Bicyclists Feel Validated by San Francisco

Two words: "bicycle barometers."
August 1, 2017

Music Rocks! Especially in Denver.

It's home to Red Rocks, “the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world.”
July 7, 2017

The Erie Canal Is Getting an 8-Year-Long Birthday Party

That’s how long it took to build one of America’s most ambitious public works projects, and that’s how long its bicentennial will be celebrated.
May 23, 2017

In Houston's New Park, Art Goes Green

Smither Park celebrates folk art -- but only if it's recycled or reused.
April 14, 2017

All in a Year's Work, Underground

A tunnel-boring machine recently dug a two-and-a-half-mile-hole beneath the surface of the nation's capital. It only took 366 days.
March 16, 2017

Going Backwards to the Days of Dirt Roads

In an effort to save money, some governments are unpaving roads.
February 1, 2017

How NYC Turned Salt Into Art

The Spring Street Salt Shed has been lauded as one of the city's best public sculptures.
January 27, 2017

Arcosanti: The Original (and Unfinished) Smart House?

In 1970, an architect began building a self-sustaining town of the future. Now it stands as a lab for environmentally conscious urban planners.
May 24, 2016

Remembering Cincinnati’s Old Streetcars

As the city prepares to debut new streetcars, here’s a last look at their old ones.
May 13, 2016

State Capitols: Above It All

Many state capitols were designed to inspire with soaring architecture. The view from the top offers a unique perspective.
April 1, 2016

With NYC's Wi-Fi Kiosks, People Can Practically Go Phoneless

The sleek new stations throughout the city let users make 911 calls and search the web -- all for free.
February 24, 2016

The Henhouse at the Executive Mansion

To fulfill a campaign promise, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe stocked his new digs with egg-laying chickens.
January 15, 2016

Meet the People Who Run a Tiny Town’s Government

The small, rural town of Gifford, S.C., survives with help from just 12 enthusiastic public employees -- most of whom aren't even paid.
December 1, 2015

Iconic Detroit Building Gets Revitalized

The city's main train station, which shuttered its doors in 1988, is getting a makeover.
November 1, 2015

Why Commute by Road or Rail When You Can Ride in the Sky?

Portland, Ore., is home to one of only two aerial commuter trams in the United States.
July 1, 2015

10 Years and Still Waiting for Space Travel's Takeoff

Truth or Consequences, N.M., is hoping space tourism will transform the sleepy desert town.
July 1, 2015

Taking a Break to Celebrate Cops

What began as a day in 1962 has morphed into a weeklong celebration.
May 1, 2015

What’s All the Buzz About Bees?

The dwindling number of bees has a direct impact on the economy, which is what keeps state beekeepers like Tammy Horn going.
April 1, 2015

The Town That Takes the Elevator Everywhere

Residents of Whittier, Alaska, have to take the elevator or stairs wherever they go in the wintertime.
March 1, 2015

Once a Vacation Spot, Now an Ecological Nightmare

Southern California’s Salton Sea has been neglected for decades, but there’s reason to hope for its restoration.
January 1, 2015

Virginia's Long-Running Page Program Perseveres

The state's legislature has one of the most extensive page programs still running in the country, paying teens to assist and live like lawmakers.
January 1, 2015

The Battle of the Traffic Light

How Irish nationalism in Syracuse, N.Y., resulted in a world-renowned upside-down traffic light.
November 1, 2014

The Nation’s Last Pre-Revolutionary Intersection

It’s home to four buildings, each dating back to the 18th century.
October 1, 2014

What's Love Got to Do with Bridge Safety?

What seems like a simple romantic gesture is actually a major maintenance issue for bridges.
July 1, 2014

Outdoor Art Takes Center Stage

Museums in several cities are hanging art on walls throughout the streets.
May 1, 2014

One Building Divided Between Two Countries

The Haskell Free Library and Opera House was intentionally built straddling the border between Quebec and Vermont.
March 1, 2014

The Sounds of Silence in Prison

In the 1800s, Philadelphia built a prison that isolated inmates so they could meditate and become genuinely penitent. But as views on isolating inmates evolved over time, the prison was forced to close its doors.
March 1, 2014

March 2014 Last Look: Movie-Inspired Architecture

The design for part of one of Los Angeles’ airports was inspired by the spacecraft from the film The War of the Worlds.
June 28, 2013

What Makes a Schwinn Bike?

Schwinn bikes first appeared on streets in the 19th century and were built in such a unique way that decades-old Schwinns can still be seen in Chicago and other bike-friendly cities.
April 30, 2013

Water-Powered Electricity Flows Through Santa Rosa

In Santa Rosa, Calif., the electricity powering a lamp may very well come from recycled wastewater.
January 11, 2012

Boston's City Halls, As Time Goes On

Governing Design Director David Kidd went on assignment to photograph Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. He came back with an architecture review of Boston's old and current city hall.
April 4, 2011

Shadowing Redlands's Volunteer Corps

Design Director David Kidd followed Staff Writer John Buntin as they experienced life as a volunteer in Redlands, Calif., a place where volunteers take on jobs the city can't afford.
February 25, 2011

Players in Wisconsin’s Union Turmoil

The battle over public sector unions in Madison has thrust state legislators into the limelight. Meet some of the players in this slideshow.
June 8, 2010

Beach Cities

Photographer David Kidd went with reporters to L.A. and Chicago for stories on police stations and transportation systems respectively, but ended up on the beach in both cities.
May 18, 2010

Community Problems and Citizen Help

While touring two vastly different areas of the Bay area last month, GOVERNING's photographer found that both communities have problems and depend on citizens and activists to resolve them.
April 27, 2010

Touring the Tenderloin

I was in San Francisco in March, taking pictures for John Buntin's May story about that city's efforts to clean up its roughest neighborhood, the ...
March 17, 2010

The Wire(s) in Denver

Governing writer John Buntin and I were in Denver in February to look into that city's use of DNA testing as a means of ...
February 2, 2010

Golden Snowballs and Snow Globes in Syracuse

Syracusans have much to be proud of. Their city has a long history of accomplishments. But there is one accomplishment that many of its citizens ...
February 1, 2010

Keeping the Streets of America's Snowiest City Clean

There are places nationwide that get more snow, but among cities with populations greater than 100,000, Syracuse's snowfall is supreme.
January 12, 2010

Hometown History: Syracuse

While on assignment in Syracuse last week, I did what I always do: drive around to see the old neighborhood and my favorite places in ...
November 17, 2009

Reporting from the Roller Derby

Writer Rob Gurwitt and I were in Providence City Hall: he to gather information for an upcoming story, and I to take pictures of whomever ...
November 3, 2009

Finding the Right Spots to Chat

Some conversations tend to be of "high" priority. Photo by David Kidd As part of Governing's 2009 Public Official of the Year coverage, I spent the ...