TABLE of CONTENTS August 2016Cover Story
BY Alan Greenblatt
The inability of most rural places to recover from the economic downturn is fueling political and social problems around the nation.
Tax incentives aren't always the best way to lure businesses. Many are simply going where the talent is.
America's largest state park is a battleground between conservation activists and small towns desperate for development.
Boulder County, Colo., pioneered the movement. What can others learn from their experience?
As the world's second-largest economy falters, pensions and tax revenues here are feeling the pinch.
In an era of tight budgets and slow revenue growth, there’s pressure on legislators to be open and honest about what states can and can’t afford.
Conservatives and liberals are teaming up to restrict or ban the laws that let officers seize billions of dollars a year from people who haven’t been convicted or, sometimes, even charged with a crime.
The Atlanta mayor’s recent and abrupt termination of two agency leaders left many shocked.
The Major League Baseball team wants a big break on property taxes. Will they win?
POLITICS + POLICY
Cities are increasingly viewing parking in a negative light and rethinking its place in metropolitan America.
The cereal’s new look shows how and why one small state could change the rules nationwide.
Republicans have been losing the key demographics’ support since 2000. Democrats hope Donald Trump will keep that trend going.
Many municipalities have switched to LED streetlights to save energy and money. But the change still comes at a cost.
Several factors are behind the drastic differences in funding.
Maybe, but the stigma of mental health problems keeps public officials from talking about it.
Palo Alto’s city manager wants governments to rip up the IT rule book to make better investments.
The city has a unique effort to improving the relationship between cops and citizens.