TABLE of CONTENTS October 2015Cover Story
BY Alan Greenblatt
Rocked by heavy immigration and demographic change, Nevada must retool its government to cope with the new reality. It’s a sign of things to come in the rest of the country.
Rather than acting as former offenders' enemies, parole and probation officers are now working to be their mentors. Can it reduce recidivism?
Most of them have been in office for decades. Here's what they've learned about government.
The ‘complete streets’ movement is reshaping urban boulevards, small-town main streets and even rural highways. But there are still plenty of bumps in the road.
Desperate for more money, public pension systems have been making high-risk investments hoping for a higher profit. But they may ultimately cost taxpayers more.
It was a major issue in recent mayoral races. This year, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is one of the few candidates talking about it.
They have become a staple in several cities. Whether they stay around is up to new mayors in charge.
One conservative billionaire wants to convince his fellow Republicans to believe in climate change. Can his money make a difference?
POLITICS + POLICY
Whether states are governed by a coalition of farmers and teachers or an alliance of corporate executives and insurance brokers matters.
The strategy that's improved the management of fires has, paradoxically, made it harder to know who’s really in charge of putting them out.
Florida and Virginia (and possibly two other states) have to redraw their unconstitutional voting maps for the 2016 election. Similar legal challenges are only likely to increase in coming years.
Dozens of U.S. communities have launched similar programs, but Blacksburg, Va.'s is different.
They can't just improve the physical environment if they want to revitalize poverty-stricken areas.
The reasons for citizens' dissatisfaction vary from place to place -- but age isn't one of them.
At its heart, it’s about saving capitalism from itself.
Most have avoided upgrading the systems that run our biggest health-care program themselves. But some are looking to outsource.