Creating buffer zones around schools and other public places can make entire cities off-limits.
The real estate lobby is under serious competitive challenge, but no pressure group is better at bending legislatures to its will.
Comparing local government practices and performance among neighboring communities is rare but rewarding.
Is there a way for a government to fight obesity? Chicago's new health commissioner is trying to figure that out.
Public fund investors now work in a world where risk means safety.
What started as a rift in the AFL-CIO has intensified into a fervent contest between the public employee unions over new recruits.
"527" groups are a mysterious but increasingly powerful force in American elections. One state has cracked down on them; others are trying.
Gun violence is a problem that governments at every level wish somebody else would solve.
Massachusetts tried universal health coverage once before.
Would you be happier paying taxes if you knew just what you were getting?
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My in-laws live in Greenville, South Carolina, where the downtown scene has grown much more robust over the five or six years they've lived there. ...
The battleground over smoking restrictions is shifting from bars and restaurants to cars and the great outdoors.
Cities' preference for planting male trees has led to the proliferation of pollen.
After the devastating hurricanes of last year, Florida and the Gulf Coast states are turning to the municipal bond market to guarantee that their insurers of last resort are solvent for another potentially damaging storm season.