The Search for Slogan Magic
With an eye on tourism and development, states keep trying to come up with evocative new taglines. Sometimes they stumble.
Alan Ehrenhalt served for 19 years as executive editor of Governing Magazine, and is currently one of its contributing editors. He has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and op-ed page, the Washington Post Book World, New Republic and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of four books: The United States of Ambition, The Lost City, Democracy in the Mirror, and The Great Inversion. He was also the creator and editor of the first four editions of Politics in America, a biennial reference book profiling all 535 members of Congress. Alan Ehrenhalt is a 1968 graduate of Brandeis University and holds an MS in journalism from Columbia. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard from 1977-1978; a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987-1988; a Regents’ Lecturer at UCLA in 2006; an adjunct faculty member at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, at the University of Richmond, from 2004 through 2008; and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Public Policy in 2009. In 2000 he received the American Political Science Association’s McWilliams award for distinguished contributions to the field of political science by a journalist. He is married, has two daughters, and lives in Arlington, Virginia.
By clustering in cities, even small ones, they have weakened their political impact.
They take mixed-use development to an extreme with buildings that residents may never need to leave.
There are plenty of theories about how they will reshape urban areas. But it’s anybody’s guess.
There’s still plenty of coverage of governors and legislatures. But the void of newspaper reporters has been filled with partisan-slanted bloggers.
The ascent of cities is real, though things may not be as rosy as some suggest.
When it comes to transportation planning, Atlanta and Nashville are both at a crossroads.
Two states still allow split-verdicts to send people to prison. That may change soon. But maybe it shouldn't.
Some of today's scandals would have gone unseen a couple decades ago.