TABLE of CONTENTS August 2014Cover Story
BY John Buntin
In breaking with his predecessors, the mayor isn’t focused on one or two big priorities. Instead, he’s sweating the small stuff -- at least for now.
Many cities have made pedestrian safety a priority, but their efforts rarely focus on poorer areas, which have approximately double the fatality rates of wealthier communities.
Can the geologist-turned-brewpub owner-turned-governor of Colorado lead as a centrist when there’s no political center?
A handful of communities are putting CRA funds toward more than just housing projects.
Partially because of tax policies, state budgets have become increasingly unpredictable. But a few states are finding ways to manage the craziness.
POLITICS + POLICY
The state's Tea Party-backed superintendent created an intraparty rift over schools. Now, she's taking the fight to the next level and trying to unseat the incumbent governor from her own party.
The recent discovery that the state has 96% less recoverable oil than previously thought may have helped the case for regulating instead of banning fracking.
After years of underinvesting in IT, the state is seeking to transform from one of the worst to one of the best digitally run in the country.
It's up to voters in November to decide whether the state will change the way it funds public college scholarships.
America's fourth-largest city has never had a zoning code.
Measuring performance is hard to do. But it's even harder to do when you're measuring it from hundreds of miles away -- as is the case for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
In at least five gubernatorial races this fall, the outcome may depend on how well a third-party candidate fares.
Wastewater treatment plants are often the biggest consumers of electricity in their areas. Gresham, Ore., and Washington, D.C., are making moves to change that.
Regional planners showcased a neighborhood with easy access to transportation, health services and entertainment. But it only lasted two days.
Old homes can pose a unique set of challenges for local governments. View detailed housing data for hundreds of cities.
A book by a government HR expert explains what drives public-sector workers and how that differs from the private sector.
Only 100 emergency call centers out of more than 6,000 across the country are capable of receiving and responding to text messages.