TABLE of CONTENTS July 2006Cover Story
BY Alan Greenblatt
Although Iowa failed in its efforts to make municipalities consolidate, collaboration is happening at the grassroots level.
From local election officials to ordinary citizens, there's angst in the air over the security of electronic ballots.
Some states and localities keep a lid on energy costs by using old- fashioned leverage and new-tech auctions.
After transforming its downtown into a residential mecca, Vancouver is trying to find the right balance between condos and commerce.
How states and localities lost ground after their Supreme Court win on eminent domain--a tool they can use to turn around dying or dangerous neighborhoods.
A national immigration policy requires a level of collaboration that none of the major players is willing to risk.
Cory Booker's gifts are such that his political future seems limitless. But to move on, he has to make a record in Newark.
When voters think legislators are living too well at public expense, they pounce.
The Business of Government
When a hurricane strikes Florida, the first concern of residents is to protect their homes and evacuate if necessary. The Florida Turnpike Enterprise, part of the Florida Department of Transportation, sees its job as providing a safe haven as evacuees travel the road.
Milwaukee's school district will send the Internet to students' homes.
Queens, New York, residents are redesigning Landing Lights Park--but don't expect to see paper diagrams of the competing proposals.
Internet access on buses and subways can turn car-centric commuters into mass transit riders--if the technology works.
It's one thing to use the carrot to encourage healthy behavior. It's another to use the stick--especially on children.
America is a nation of majority rule, and one outcome of that is that the majority typically looks out for its economic interests. Take the uneven treatment of property taxes.
A California community asks builders to help stop smog.
With its 15,000 lakes, 25,000 miles of waterways and many geological wonders, Wisconsin is working to promote eco-friendly tourism by creating "Travel Green Wisconsin," a business certification program.