TABLE of CONTENTS April 2017

Cover Story

Can Road Rage Stop Colorado's Plan to Expand a Highway?

BY Daniel C. Vock

The state wants to expand an already hated highway in an impoverished Denver neighborhood. The neighbors are fighting back.

FEATURES

Law and the New Order: A Fresh Wave of District Attorneys Is Redefining Justice

Cities and counties across the country recently elected reform-minded DAs who are taking a more strategic approach to prosecutors' typical tough-on-crime policies. BY Alan Greenblatt

How Stat Got Stuck -- in the Place That Made It Famous

Using data to measure government performance has caught on in much of the country. But the tactic is in trouble in Maryland. BY J.B. Wogan

John Arnold: The Most Hated Man in Pensionland

The billionaire philanthropist has vowed to secure retirement for public employees. So why do so many public employees despise him? BY Liz Farmer

As Local Food Movement Grows, Who's Policing the Produce?

Many cities and states have made commitments to support and promote farm-to-table food. But few have fraud protections in place to make sure people are eating truly "local." BY Mattie Quinn

OBSERVER

Infrastructure & Environment

The Golden Infrastructure Opportunity That Government Missed

States had a cheaper option for investing in infrastructure, but they didn't take it. Now, they must pay the price. BY Alan Greenblatt
Health & Human Services

Welfare Reform Offers a Window Into Block-Granting Medicaid

Republicans want to do with health care what they already did with cash assistance for the poor. There are lessons to be learned. BY Alan Greenblatt
Finance

Deficit in Dallas: How One of the Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Ended Up With Billions in Debt

The city has created a huge problem for itself -- one so big that bankruptcy isn’t off the table. BY Alan Greenblatt`
Politics

Unlikely Political Allies: Urban Democrats and GOP Governors

When it comes to certain issues, they put pragmatism before politics. BY Alan Greenblatt

POLITICS + POLICY

Assessments

Are We Repeating Our Public-Housing Mistakes?

In the past, politicians have ignored the realities that exist in big cities. They seem to be doing it again. BY Alan Ehrenhalt
Potomac Chronicle

The New Nullifiers: Democrats

Suddenly it’s the left that’s talking about defying federal law. The reversal raises a host of questions. BY Donald F. Kettl
Elections

What's the Best Way to Elect a City Council?

Every system has its own set of drawbacks. BY Alan Greenblatt
Health & Human Services

Feds Help Localities Discover Where HIV and Housing Intersect

People who have HIV and lack stable housing are less likely to get the care they need. Some places are trying to solve both problems at once. BY Mattie Quinn
Infrastructure & Environment

A Big Year for Clean Energy Loans?

Industry experts are predicting (and warning) that a decade-old retrofit program will finally boom. BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Economic Engines

Infrastructure Lessons From Venice

How a city built on water handled its infrastructure gives America much to think about. BY Alex Marshall
Urban Notebook

Have States Lost Their Place as Labs of Democracy?

Experts say cities will be the new place for innovative policy. But there are two reasons that might not happen. BY William Fulton

PROBLEM SOLVER

Public Safety & Justice

The Mythical Link Between Immigrants and High Crime Rates

Decades of research has largely rejected claims associating immigrants with higher crime. A new Governing analysis finds the same to be true for undocumented immigrants in particular. BY Michael Maciag
Smart Management

How Would Professors Grade the States?

We asked, and they told us. BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
Better Government

New Hope for College Towns

Cities and universities may finally be learning to work together. BY Mark Funkhouser
Tech Talk

The Cyberthreat to Government That's Lurking in the Shadows

Many public employees use unsanctioned software on work computers. It poses serious security risks. BY Tod Newcombe
Public Money

Millennials’ Investment Strategy Could Be a Boon for Government

Their drive to make a meaningful impact could provide the public sector a new pool of investors. BY Justin Marlowe
Infrastructure & Environment

All in a Year's Work, Underground

A tunnel-boring machine recently dug a two-and-a-half-mile-hole beneath the surface of the nation's capital. It only took 366 days. BY David Kidd