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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Flying Taxis: They May Be More Than Just Pie in the Sky

Ten years from now, we could be zipping through town by air like the Jetsons. But there are many complications to be worked out first.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  April 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Cities Focus on Urban Curbs and How to Manage Them

Once an overlooked part of the urban landscape, the curb is now considered hot real estate in many cities. The demands of delivery services, ridesharing and micromobility have cities re-examining how they manage their assets.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  April 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Public Libraries Can Tap into Eligible Funds Worth Billions

The American Rescue Plan includes significant federal dollars that can support library programs and services that play a larger role in recovery than is generally understood.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 14, 2021
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Can Rescue Funds Give America the Broadband It Really Wants?

Billions of dollars in the American Rescue Plan could be used to close the persistent digital divide in urban and rural communities. But how can these investments be “future-proof”?

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 14, 2021
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Which State Is the Greenest, Most Environmentally Friendly?

A new report analyzes which states have the most eco-friendly behavior, good environmental quality and contribute the most to reduce climate change. Rankings are split between blue and red states.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  April 14, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Churches Are Closing. It’s a Challenge for Local Governments.

Across the country, houses of worship are shuttering by the thousands. Municipalities have a role in finding new uses for abandoned buildings that have long anchored communities and neighborhoods.

By Rick Reinhard, The Lakelands Institute  |  April 13, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

How States Can Gird for the Coming Fights Over Taxing Digital Ads

Maryland is leading the way, but its new levy faces plenty of pushback in the courts and Congress. States that want to follow suit should act quickly to craft viable uniform model legislation.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  April 13, 2021
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$6,500

The latest bid amount for a Colorado license plate that reads: ISIT420. The state is auctioning off 14 cannabis-themed license plates, including plates that read BONG, GANJA, TEGRIDY and HASH, as a fundraiser for the state’s Disability Funding Committee. Bids are being collected until 4:20 PM on April 20.

THE FUTURE OF Security

Will Regulating Social Media Misinformation Fix the Internet?

A congressional hearing last month took up the sticky issue of when and how to hold companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter accountable for misinformation. Lawmakers are now faced with a regulatory maze.

By Julia Edinger, Government Technology  |  April 13, 2021
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Asian Americans: Speaking Out and Gaining Strength

The role of Asian citizens in politics and public life is a story that will surprise a good many Americans. They are now the fastest growing minority group in cities.

By Sharon D. Austin, Contributor  |  April 12, 2021
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Lawmakers Should Allow Sidewalk Delivery Robots to Stay

The use of robots from companies like Starship Technologies for last-mile deliveries skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and legislators would do well to make them easier to deploy on city sidewalks.

By Daniel Castro, Government Technology  |  April 11, 2021
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Transforming Farms and Food Production With Solar Panels

Agrivoltaics — putting solar panels on farmland — lead to astonishing productivity gains and improved energy efficiency. Except when they don’t.

By Chris Malloy, The Counter  |  April 11, 2021
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The Promises and Pitfalls of a Modern-Day Boomtown

A decade ago, Williston, N.D., became a magnet for desperate men, thanks to oil in the Bakken Formation. In an interview, author Michael Smith talks about life in an oil patch and the human cost of fueling the nation.

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