TABLE of CONTENTS March 2012Cover Story
BY Ryan Holeywell
Reduced revenue and federal funding, combined with unsustainable employee costs, are making it difficult for the Oregon city to stay on top.
Kansas’ secretary of state is redefining immigration laws not only in his state, but in Arizona and elsewhere.
More cities are making private deals to save their finances. The results aren’t always good. Plus, a map of financially-distressed localities.
How student test scores are used to evaluate teachers is at the heart of the unresolved issues causing Chicago’s first strike in 25 years.
After Hurricane Katrina, Latinos moved into the city in record numbers and have transformed the disaster-struck town.
POLITICS + POLICY
Activists hope to recreate the Bank of North Dakota's model for lending.
After being trapped on a train for eight hours with no food, water or heat in the middle of winter, passengers want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
After 20 years of neglect, the waterfront venue has been completely transformed -- for the worse. One group wants to restore it to its former glory.
The movement’s founder says short, surprise occupations and targeted messaging could force officials to address income inequality.
Amid several ethics scandals, the city government has dramatically improved its delivery of services -- even as demand has increased.
Cities and counties knew they'd lose CDBG money in 2012. But a quirk in the formula is causing some to see even larger cuts.
The number of farmers markets has exploded in recent years, and states want to make sure they stay in business.
The governor eliminated the state’s redevelopment agencies -- and the way it funds urban revitalization. Now the Golden State must find new money sources.
Switching from paper to electronic traffic warrants has reduced backlogs and put more money from previously unpaid speeding tickets in Hawaii’s state coffers.
Giving every student a laptop won’t close the achievement gap. Careful policymaking to make sure the tools are used to improve learning might.