TABLE of CONTENTS February 2012
BY Ryan Holeywell
The economic impact of the stimulus is unclear and highly debated. But one thing is for sure: it's done more to promote government transparency than any piece of legislation in recent memory.
A slew of different players are considering major changes to how federal spending is tracked and all of their efforts will likely impact state and local governments.
Lean manufacturing has made Denver Health a model for public health care.
Elected officials across the nation from both political parties have begun to examine ways to replace a tough corrections policy with a smart one.
A new generation of old structures is raising fresh questions about the rehabbing of architectural gems.
El Paso began preparing for shortages two decades ago. Now, it's seen as a leader in confronting a crisis that many expect to spread beyond Texas.
To the delight of many, old streetcars are being restored to their former glory and put back into transit service in New Orleans, Philadelphia and Portland.
POLITICS + POLICY
Some surprising political figures like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have started questioning how effective U.S. drug policy is.
Only time will tell if Kansas City’s unusual and possibly risky move will pay off.
Some liberal leaders are pursuing a conservative economic agenda.
New York City streets are getting a little more literary. The city Transportation Department has partnered with an artist, John Morse, to create a series of graphic, pop-art signs encouraging drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to be more careful.
For the first time, the TED Prize (which includes a cash prize) is being awarded to an idea, not a person. But cities will benefit.
The fate of Data.gov, which housed hundreds of thousands of public data when its funding got cut, may contain the outlines of a model for sustaining digital records.
This latest skirmish shows how localities, not the feds, are driving eco-policy.
A popular grant that funds the often-thankless work of forming master plans and zoning codes is no more.
CDHPs are slowly becoming the next big thing in health-care cost control, but studies show that they only save about 1 percent over traditional plans.
Nearly 100 cities now divert food waste from landfills. It’s far from becoming the norm, though, considering most major cities still don’t even have curbside recycling.
One explanation may be our budgeting process.
And it’s looking to tap the secret of other cities’ success in the post-manufacturing age.
Studies have found that SBHCs improve students’ health-care access and school success. Now, the Obama administration is helping more states finance them.
Government efficiency initiatives come and go. But Utah has had continued success with one in particular.
Some cities have switched to the cloud with ease, but Los Angeles, for example, had to abandon it for law enforcement because of outdated security policies.
Should financial projections be "required supplementary information"?
Paul Krekorian crafted a compromise to curb the building of large homes on small lots that satisfies all stakeholders.