TABLE of CONTENTS May 2005Cover Story
BY Zach Patton
Breaking a promise not to raise taxes is a dicey thing to do. But lawmakers get away with it.
Absorbing the displaced from overseas can be a tough urban task. But for a city in decline, it can be an unexpected opportunity.
Voters' challenge to Oregon's stringent land use controls may signal a major shift in the property rights debate nationwide.
A new sport called "geocaching" presents a challenge for park managers.
Revenue losses add up in localities where hockey teams are supposed to play.
A new group of urban leaders wants a strategy based on success, not on pleading for help.
Wisconsin politics used to be squeaky clean. Now "jaded" would be a better word.
Corporate leadership of cities is at an all-time low. Business consolidations swallowed many of the local banks and newspapers that once called the shots in cities, and globalization has broadened the horizons of surviving companies. But as CEOs step back, others are stepping forward, including philanthropists.
The Business of Government
A new way to texturize roadways tempers highway noise.
In most places, traffic cops don't get no respect for hanging around to nab drivers for their sins. In Seattle, however, two motorcycle cops are revered for patrolling a freeway ramp to stop drivers who cut in line.
When children in school and books in libraries can be tracked by radio waves, privacy advocates get all upset.
Our household is just like a state: good at forecasting revenue, but when it comes to expenditures, things get dicier.
Gone are the comforts of an era when an ever-expanding economy coupled with growing populations could pay the future freight.
There may not be an American equivalent for "witches' knickers"--the British phrase that describes plastic grocery bags caught in tree branches--but the flimsy, disposable bags are a growing problem here, and some states and localities are starting to take action.