TABLE of CONTENTS July 2006

Cover Story

Little Mergers on The Prairie

BY Alan Greenblatt

Although Iowa failed in its efforts to make municipalities consolidate, collaboration is happening at the grassroots level.

Features

Warning: Evoting Ahead

From local election officials to ordinary citizens, there's angst in the air over the security of electronic ballots. BY Ellen Perlman

Purchasing For Power

Some states and localities keep a lid on energy costs by using old- fashioned leverage and new-tech auctions. BY Zach Patton

Extreme Makeover

After transforming its downtown into a residential mecca, Vancouver is trying to find the right balance between condos and commerce. BY Alan Ehrenhalt

Domain Poisoning

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. BY Christopher Swope

Up Front

Potomac Chronicle

Bordering on Disaster

A national immigration policy requires a level of collaboration that none of the major players is willing to risk. BY Jonathan Walters
Infrastructure & Environment

Too Big for The Road

Massive trucks are tearing up fragile state highways. And more of them are out there every year. BY Zach Patton
Politics

A Need for Magic

Cory Booker's gifts are such that his political future seems limitless. But to move on, he has to make a record in Newark. BY Alan Greenblatt
Politics

Down on The Gown

The demand for fiscal accountability is graduating to the college level. BY Alan Greenblatt
Politics

Perks That Kill

When voters think legislators are living too well at public expense, they pounce. BY Alan Greenblatt
Economic Development

Decent Neighbor

In an era of federal indifference to cities, the General Services Administration is an innovative exception. BY Alan Greenblatt
Politics

Deal in Denver

An 11th-hour compromise shores up an overburdened state retirement system. BY Alan Greenblatt
Urban Notebook

Why Cities Want the Olympics

You'd think, given New York's recent, painful experience, that the last thing any city would want to do is put itself through the marathon effort of bidding for the Summer Olympic Games. BY Alan Greenblatt
Management & Labor

RIvals on The Right

What we're seeing is moderate Republicans being picked off by organized conservative opposition. BY Alan Ehrenhalt

The Business of Government

Energy & Environment

Tanking Up on E-85

Biofuel "gas" stations to dot Tennessee highways. BY Josh Goodman
Infrastructure & Environment

Gimme Shelter: Boosting Florida's Turnpike Power

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. BY Ellen Perlman
Education

Wimaxing the Digital Divide

Milwaukee's school district will send the Internet to students' homes. BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Technology

Online Design: The Virtual Reality of Park Planning

Queens, New York, residents are redesigning Landing Lights Park--but don't expect to see paper diagrams of the competing proposals. BY Josh Goodman
Infrastructure & Environment

Telecommuting Hits The Road

Internet access on buses and subways can turn car-centric commuters into mass transit riders--if the technology works. BY Mark Stencel
Smart Management

Don't Ask

The more thoroughly you measure the depths of any problem, the bigger that problem will appear to be. BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
Health & Human Services

Lean but Mean Medicaid

It's one thing to use the carrot to encourage healthy behavior. It's another to use the stick--especially on children. BY Penelope Lemov
Politics

Hackneyed Gab

Politicians and the media "do democracy a disservice" by resorting to cliches. BY Alan Greenblatt
Finance

Property Tax Favorism

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. BY John E. Petersen
Finance

Property Tax Favorism

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. BY John E. Petersen
Energy & Environment

Clean-Air Pressure on Developers

A California community asks builders to help stop smog. BY John E. Petersen
Economic Development

Rewarding The Right Location

Illinois offers incentives for linking workplace with workforce. BY Alan Greenblatt
Energy & Environment

Officer Eco-Friendly: Wisconsin Will Certify Green Tourist Sites

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. BY Heather Kerrigan