TABLE of CONTENTS March 2008

Cover Story

Two Faces of Foreclosure

BY Alan Greenblatt

The house at 608 Oxford Avenue is in bad shape, but its neighborhood is worse. Next door sit two vacant lots where condemned residences already have...


The Price of Prevention

Woody Allen once described death as "a very effective way of cutting down on your expenses." In the past decade, states all over the country... BY Josh Goodman

Mr. Sustainability

John Coleman is the "sustainability director" for Fayetteville, Arkansas. At first blush, that may sound like some outdoorsy environmentalist job. But in truth, Coleman spends... BY Ellen Perlman

Fresh Fight

Woodbury County, Iowa, isn't the first place you'd expect people to worry about where their food comes from. The county, which includes Sioux City and... BY Ellen Perlman

Muni Machinations

Blame it on Orange County. Back in 1994, the huge California county filed for bankruptcy after losing billions of dollars on a risky investment in financial... BY Penelope Lemov

Up Front

Hidden Section

Aces of the Assembly

Two speakers ruled a chamber with an iron hand. Why did they crave power and how did they use it? BY Alan Ehrenhalt
Potomac Chronicle

NCLB on the Ropes

The fine print in the federal education law may be its undoing. BY Donald F. Kettl

The Business of Government

Hidden Section

Aloha to All That

It may be a sign of the times that a state is so open about giving a single business a pass on an impact review. BY Tom Arrandale
Tech Talk

To Catch a Thief

High-level data analysis is helping police spot crimes -- sometimes before they happen. BY Ellen Perlman
Economic Engines

King of the Road

What's up with groups that argue for less government but see publicly built highways as an expression of the free market? BY Alex Marshall
Management & Labor

Benchmarking Livability

When Oregon launched its statewide performance measurement initiative called "Oregon Benchmarks" back in 1989, the whole effort took a considerable amount of explaining. At the time,... BY Jonathan Walters
Economic Engines

The Desert Driver

Commuters are infringing on resort communities, making it hard to keep cheap housing around for local workers. BY William Fulton