TABLE of CONTENTS April 2012Cover Story
BY Jonathan Walters
Though the number of homeless has increased since numerous pledges were made in the early 2000s to end it, some progress has been made on the nation's understanding of the phenomenon.
From Washington, D.C., to California, read about the five biggest projects in the country right now -- and the five biggest ones in jeopardy.
States have recently accelerated efforts to boost Internet connection speeds and expand access to unserved regions of the country.
A summary of various initiatives states are pursuing to expand broadband access.
The Results-Only Work Environment, which allows work to be done at nearly anytime and anywhere, has the potential to cut workforce costs and boost morale.
Urbanist Alan Ehrenhalt explains how America’s cities are changing, why and what this means for urban life in the future.
POLITICS + POLICY
The recalls of Gov. Scott Walker, his lieutenant and four state senators could top $100 million, but that's just a prelude to the fall when the parties will fight for control of the state House.
Residents use geographic info systems to learn more about where they live.
California and Virginia have passed statutes to regulate the disposal of cooking grease -- a hot commodity because of the demand for biofuel -- to keep people from stealing it from restaurants.
The nation's prison population recently declined for the first time in nearly 40 years. View a map and detailed data for your state.
In Collaborate or Perish!, William Bratton and Harvard Kennedy School senior researcher Zachary Tumin tell governments how they can work together more often and more effectively.
People are finally starting to bounce back from the recession, and they’re looking to local governments -- not the feds or the states -- to guide them into a better future.
Much of President Barack Obama's federal effort to bring jobs back home depends on states' ability to educate and train workers.
President Obama says it can, but analysts say that's an oversimplification.
States are slashing or eliminating programs that could save them money.
Municipal drinking water is safer, more cost effective and better for the environment -- three facts cities want their residents to know.
When home, work, school and shopping are in closer proximity, travel is easier. What can cities do to help get people out of their cars and onto their feet?
Meth labs are on the rise again and federal funding can’t keep up. Now states have to pick up the mess -- and the bill.
The technology is there, but many state and local agencies still aren’t using it.
The idea of offering financial incentives to boost services in select areas is common for economic development -- but rarely used to improve health care.
An Oregon county will begin transferring 911 calls from people having mental-health crises to qualified professionals who can keep callers out of jail and danger.
The hit movie details how the Oakland Athletics baseball team analyzed patterns and huge sets of data to improve their record. Colorado is doing the same to improve public policy.