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Jaywalking and the Dilemma of ‘Victimless’ Crimes

How much authority should governments have to protect people misbehaving in ways that are, in most cases, dangerous only to themselves?

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  January 13, 2021
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Can a Virtual Legislature Be a Real Legislature?

Lawmakers in much of the country will be doing their work next year by remote control. That will make a tough job even tougher.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  December 21, 2020
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Chicago’s L: the Ugly Duckling that Made a City

By defining the downtown Loop more than a century ago, elevated trains and tracks gave the city a vibrant economic and cultural center. It's a core element that other cities don't have.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  December 10, 2020
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When Young Turks Take Over a Government

Charlotte's majority-millennial city council has accomplished a few things, but mostly what its members have done is squabble with each other. Succeeding as a 'change agent' is harder than it might seem.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  November 25, 2020
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Will We Ever Slay the Evil Gerrymander?

One state took a small step this week , but we're a long way from eliminating noncompetitive districts and partisan malfeasance.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  November 4, 2020
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Is Our Love Affair with the Single-Family Home Over?

It may depend on what millennials really want. But none of the ideas aimed at that generation would make more than a dent in America's acute housing shortage.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  October 20, 2020
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Too Much Government? Or Just Too Many Governments?

Efforts to merge municipalities make a lot of sense, particularly in this virus-plagued, cash-poor moment. But they usually don't succeed. Three struggling Illinois towns are about to try it anyway.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  October 6, 2020
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Could We Please Stop Pontificating About the American Dream?

It means different things to different people. In the end, it doesn't really mean much at all. And there's very little that politicians or government can do to uphold or restore it.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  September 21, 2020
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American Cities and the Cure for Machine Mischief

Cities keep lurching between electing their governing bodies from districts and choosing them at large. The district approach is gaining, but its fragmentation doesn't promote a broad view of community needs.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  September 8, 2020
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The Wildly Improbable Public Life of Jerry Brown

Over a half-century in office — and running for office — this man of paradox broke virtually every rule in the politico's rulebook. Californians loved him for it.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  August 4, 2020
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The Pandemic and the Suburbs’ Second Chance

They've been trying for a long time to attract city dwellers by installing amenities that urbanites crave. COVID-19 fears are providing them with a new opportunity to get it right.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  July 23, 2020
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