TABLE of CONTENTS February 2013

Singapore's 50-meters-tall “supertrees” aren’t merely aesthetic. They also serve several practical purposes, including rain collection and temperature moderation. (Photo: AP/Wong Maye-E)
Cover Story

Singapore Strives to Become 'The Smartest City'

BY David Hatch

Singapore is using data to redefine what it means to be a 21st-century metropolis.


Affordable and Luxurious Housing Come Hand in Hand in Vienna

Vienna has figured out how to offer high-quality apartments with low-cost rent and renters' rights that would be unheard of in the United States. Advocates say it's a model worth examining. BY Ryan Holeywell

What China's Unique Urbanization Can Teach America

Nineteen of the 20 fastest-growing cities in the world last year were in China. For more from Governing's first-ever International Issue, click here. BY Alan Greenblatt

Performance-Based College Funding is Coming Stateside

For years, states have dallied over pay-for-performance in higher education. In Britain, they've been doing it for decades. BY Dylan Scott

Why Isn't the U.S. Better at Public-Private Partnerships?

Few states have offices dedicated to examining increasingly popular P3 deals. Experts say it's time to copy Canada and change that. BY Ryan Holeywell

The $20 Eye Surgery That Could Save the World

At India's innovative Aravind hospitals, each doctor performs as many as 2,000 cataract surgeries annually. BY Dylan Scott



Iceland Writes the World's 1st Crowdsourced Constitution

Some U.S. cities have dabbled in crowdsourcing -- asking citizens to help solve problems via the Internet -- but replicating Iceland’s approach on such a large scale may be hard. BY Brian Peteritas
Infrastructure & Environment

Mexico City's Recycling Incentive: More Food

Mexico City has a massive trash problem that's partially caused by citizens' resistance to recycle. To encourage them to do so, the city gives residents food vouchers in exchange for their recyclable waste. BY Brian Peteritas
Economic Development

Post-Disaster New Zealand Finds Use for Vacant Spaces

A town destroyed by two earthquakes shows U.S. states and cities what they can do with areas decimated by natural disasters. BY Brian Peteritas
Health & Human Services

Vancouver Offers Drug Users a Safe Place to Shoot Up

In an effort to reduce HIV rates that were approaching development-world levels, a government-run facility in the Canadian city welcomes people to use illegal substances under the supervision of medical professionals. BY Brian Peteritas

What Privacy Means to Americans vs. Europeans

Experts are worried that disparate privacy rules between the two could pose a threat to future growth. BY Brian Peteritas
Potomac Chronicle

Local Pot Laws Conflict with National Policies Worldwide

The United States isn't the only place where local marijuana policies clash with national laws. Even Amsterdam and the Dutch government have struggled with this tension. Read the rest of Governing's first-ever International Issue here. BY Brian Peteritas

A Powerful Central Government Loosens the Reins

The United Kingdom is giving unprecedented authority to its cities under a program that the United States could learn a thing or two from. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Health & Human Services

Can Iran's Health-House Model Help Mississippi Reduce Disparities?

Health-care stakeholders are watching Mississippi's experience with a system created in Iran in the 1980s closely to see if it's worth promoting nationwide. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Energy & Environment

Africa Shows the Power of Growing Trees from Seed

Storms, disease and the rigors of urban life have caused high mortality rates among trees in the United States. African countries found trees that sprout naturally are more resilient. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Urban Notebook

U.S. Cities Consider Capping Parking Spots

Cars are being kept out of popular pedestrian areas worldwide and the movement is coming stateside. BY Brian Peteritas
Economic Engines

Can Greater Government Involvement Solve America's Internet Access Problem?

Many foreign countries provide faster, cheaper and more widespread Internet access than the United States. In most of them, governments are much more involved with telecom policies and funding. BY Brian Peteritas


By the Numbers

How Do U.S. Health Costs Compare to Other Countries?

View an interactive map with health costs for each country, and read our first-ever International Issue online Feb. 1. BY Mike Maciag
Smart Management

Cities Strengthening Bonds with Their International Sisters

There's a new push to get these 2,000 international partnerships working together on concrete development programs. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Better Government

The Emerging Power of China's Auditors

Cracking down on corruption is critical to China's growth. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Tech Talk

Government Technology Ideas Worth Importing

These best e-government practices aren't from this side of the pond. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Public Money

Muni Bonds' Future May Lie in Foreign Investors' Hands

Foreign investors matter to the municipal bond market for two reasons. BY Caroline Cournoyer