THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Historic Preservation Is Great, Except When It Isn’t

It can maintain distinctive urban character, but excessive mandates also can impede the dynamic evolution that cities need. There are market-driven policy reforms to reduce its negative impacts.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  September 28, 2020
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How State and Local Governments Are Crucial to the Economy

They employ millions of people and buy trillions of dollars in goods and services from the private sector. Congress and the White House should keep these numbers in mind as they debate pandemic aid.

By Ronald C. Fisher, Michigan State University  |  September 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

What Happens to Cities When the Arts Go Dark?

For decades, cities relied on performing arts groups to help drive revitalization. Now nearly every company in the country has been shuttered for months, acting as a drag on local business.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  September 25, 2020
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Child Care and Economic Recovery: Legislative Watch

Remote learning and reduced, or no, in-person instruction can keep working parents off the job. A number of recent bills attempt to fill the child-care gap.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  September 25, 2020
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Cryptocurrency Trackers Could Give Cops Jump on Cybercrime

New investigative tools may help average law enforcement agencies more effectively track criminal activity made profitable through cryptocurrency. This includes ransomware schemes and other popular hacks.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  September 25, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

On the Front Lines with the Sioux Falls Public Health Director

It’s the biggest city in South Dakota and when COVID-19 hit a local meat packing plant, Jill Franken had her hands full with a major public health crisis and the stress that goes with it.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  September 24, 2020
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The Future of Farming Relies on Internet Connectivity

During a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration webinar, experts dissected the economic potential of and roadblocks to precision agriculture technology in rural America.

By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology  |  September 24, 2020
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$116 million

The combined settlement amount that Verizon and AT&T Mobile will pay for allegedly overcharging 300 government customers for wireless services over the past decade.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Forgotten Meaning of ‘We the People’

Our democratic experiment in self-governing is on trial. In government at all levels, we need to get back to the place envisioned by our Constitution's fathers, however flawed they might have been.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  September 23, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why So Many Attorneys General Are Getting Into Trouble

State attorneys general are facing issues ranging from racism and sexual harassment to a fatal accident. Their scandals differ, but they have some underlying political dynamics in common.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  September 22, 2020
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Future in Context

Ginsburg, Trump and Midnight Appointments to the Supreme Court

Presidential appointments to the highest level of the judicial branch, even during lame-duck sessions, have a long history in American politics, dating back to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in 1800.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  September 22, 2020
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The 1,000-Day Information Security Strategy We Need

In many ways, our digital infrastructure was unprepared for the pandemic's challenges. Now is the time for a longer-term cybersecurity vision.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  September 22, 2020
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From Literature to Water: Heather Repenning on Impacting Change

She didn’t grow up dreaming of working in a position of power in a big city like Los Angeles, but her strong desire to help people and make the world a better place rerouted her into a career of public service.

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