TABLE of CONTENTS June 2013Cover Story
BY Ryan Holeywell
Meet ten people who will play a critical role in rebuilding the Motor City, a place abandoned by its residents, plagued with high crime, stuck with the nation’s highest unemployment rate, and under the state’s control.
Without strong federal policies, states have become more active and divergent.
New leaders at both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board may have big changes in store for the municipal bond market and its issuers.
The county executive has been key to helping Cuyahoga County, Ohio bounce back after a massive corruption scandal. Now he’d like to lead the whole state.
Despite awarding nearly $2 billion in tax incentives, New Jersey's job growth trails other states.
Fusion centers were created in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks to improve information gathering and intelligence surveillance among law enforcement agencies. But their effectiveness and legality has been questioned ever since.
POLITICS + POLICY
Several high-profile government officials were killed this year. Standing in the public light has always had its risks, but they’re higher than ever as tracking an official’s whereabouts can be as simple as following their Twitter feed.
Communities struggle with what to do with stadiums once sports teams leave. Indianapolis is converting its historic minor league ballpark into apartments.
Stephanie Miner, the mayor of Syracuse and co-chair of the state’s Democratic Party thanks to Andrew Cuomo himself, refuses to abide by the governor’s newly enacted law affecting local pension plans.
Philadelphia city officials want an exemption for a 2008 local ordinance that goes further than Obamacare on nutrition labeling.
Despite its high murder rate, dysfunctional schools and aging transit, the central area of Chicago is growing faster than any other big city.
From same-sex marriage to marijuana, millennials are changing our culture as their proportion of the population increases.
In the immediate aftermath of the blasts, several fundamental lessons were relearned.
It's conventional wisdom in Washington that voters won't support a gas tax hike or a vehicle miles traveled fee. A new study suggests that long-held belief is wrong.
The nation may be 260,000 nurses short by 2025, and the proposed solutions to address the future drought don’t look promising.
Cities across the country require commercial buildings to track and publicize their energy and water use in an effort to reduce it. A recent report, however, suggests it may not be working.
It’s the best time in probably the last 75 years to overhaul and upgrade our infrastructure, but city halls and statehouses are letting the moment slip away.
Though the number of rail lines has jumped, the number of people riding them has fallen. The solution, as New York City found, is bumping up service.
The number of out-of-work teens and twenty-somethings climbed to record levels during the recession. View data for each state.
The City of Angels established the nation’s first Police Performance Auditing School to train individuals to deal with the many complaints filed against cops.
Mobile technology is creating new ways for officials to violate public records laws. Orange County, Fla., learned that the hard way.