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David Kidd  |  Photojournalist / Storyteller

Email : dkidd@governing.com

David Kidd is a photojournalist and storyteller at Governing. He was the art director and staff photographer at Teacher magazine and the American Journalism Review before joining Governing in 2008.

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.

September 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Canceled Culture: Gerlach, Nev., Without Burning Man

Around this time each year, tens of thousands of “Burners” descend outside a small town in the Nevada desert, turning it into part carnival, part cultural experiment for the 21st century. But 2020 will be different.

August 21, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Route 66: Images of a Fading American Highway Legend

It’s the country’s most famous road, and like so many other iconic pieces of mid-century Americana, it has been nearly obliterated by progress. But a few bits remain if you know where to look.

August 10, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Navajo Nation: A Trip to the Top of Gray Mountain

Phillip Yellow makes the treacherous drive every day, carrying 500 gallons of water up the mountain to a plot of land that’s been in the family for years. “We’ve been here quite a while.”

August 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Adirondacks: Images of America’s Largest Protected Area

Created in 1892 by the state of New York, the park was preserved just when it was on the brink of widespread deforestation. Today, its 6 million acres encompass 105 towns and villages, making it a unique mix of conservation and civilization.

July 30, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Navajo State Senator's Act of Compassion in an Arid Land

Lack of water is a huge issue for state Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai’s district, one of many she must juggle for the people she represents. It's why she and her partner don't hesitate to help two thirsty horses.

July 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

The Navajos' Only Railroad Reaches the End of the Line

With its one customer — a huge coal-fired plant — shut down, the freight railroad has gone out of business and its tracks lie unused. But some on the reservation hope to revive train service for tourists.

July 22, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Dispatches from Navajo Nation and Its Battle with COVID-19

Hit hard by the pandemic, the Navajos have turned to their self-run government and strong family ties to overcome health problems, soaring unemployment and financial obstacles that have slowed recovery.

July 16, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Mississippi’s Emblem of the Confederacy Will Fly No More

A moment captured by Governing’s David Kidd is about to become history. Over the weekend, the state Legislature passed by a large majority a bill to remove the Confederate symbol from the official flag.

June 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

America’s Biggest Park Struggles to Survive the Pandemic

Once a playground for the rich and famous, Adirondack Park today relies heavily on middle-class visitors for business and sustainability. But now, uncertainty reigns, as COVID-19 puts lives and livelihoods on hold.

June 18, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Nevada’s Lady Justice Has Been Keeping Watch for 143 Years

The figure personifies the moral force of our judicial systems and has been represented as blind since the 16th century. But that’s not the case with the Storey County Courthouse, located in Virginia City.

May 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

A Small Town in Texas Turns to Bitcoin Mining to Survive

Rockdale, once home to one of the largest aluminum processing operations in the country, is now the location of what could be one of the world’s biggest bitcoin computing mines. But nothing is guaranteed.

May 19, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Protecting the Most Vulnerable in Virginia’s Appalachia

Largely uninsured and medically underserved, the rural population of Virginia’s coal country is at high risk for coronavirus. The task of helping them is up to a small, but popular health clinic.

May 5, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Virginia and Kentucky’s Beautiful Bridge to Nowhere

In a scenic but neglected area of Appalachia, a $100 million bridge built between two states remains unused five years after completion. Revised plans could bring traffic one day, but for now, it remains pristine.

April 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Where Are We Supposed to Go If We Don't Have a House?

The order to stay at home puts a special burden on the homeless. Residents in one shelter in northern Virginia are doing what they can to keep their distance in a pandemic.

April 14, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Virginia Craft Whiskey Maker Distills Hand Sanitizer for Cops

Shortages of badly needed hand sanitizer for public safety workers led the owners of the Catoctin Creek Distillery to retool their whiskey manufacturing into a hand sanitizer production line.

April 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Past Pandemics: Stopping the Flu Epidemic in Seattle, 1918

More than 100 years ago, the world struggled with another epidemic, known as the Spanish Flu. In many cities at the time, streetcars were the main form of transportation, so cities set strict rules on social distancing.

April 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Arlington County Opens Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing

Testing has become one of the most important methods for controlling the pandemic known as coronavirus. In the U.S., a nation of car drivers, that means setting up drive-through testing sites to speed along the process.

March 26, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Before-and-After: Satellite Images Show Coronavirus Impact

The pandemic has radically altered the movement of Americans as government-ordered shutdowns have forced people to stay home. The results can be found by comparing before and after photographs of once-busy locations.

March 23, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Two Tales of Modern Urban Architecture in the South

Mid-twentieth century modern buildings once flourished in two Southern cities. Thanks to its location in Miami Beach, art deco has prospered in recent decades. But modernism faces a sadder fate in Montgomery, Ala.

March 20, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Modern Classics: The Rebirth of Civic Architecture

President Trump wants federal architecture to return to its classical past. Meanwhile, many local governments have been going in the opposite direction, providing a public forum for new, modern building designs.

March 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Emergency Communications When Nothing Else Works

Firefighters face an array of obstacles as they relay information in inhospitable situations. But a high-tech vest made from carbon atoms called graphene may be the answer to a serious voice and data transmission problem.

February 21, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Powered by the Mighty Miss: Minneapolis' Flour Milling History

A sleek museum, built within the ruins of what was once one of the largest flour mills in the country, tells the story of how the city flourished thanks to its mills and the waterpower of the Mississippi River.

February 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Behind the Lens: Pittsburgh's Bridge of Sighs

The Steel City's splendid architectural gem of a bridge — one of 400 in Pittsburgh — has its roots in Venice, Italy, yet was designed by America’s foremost architect of the 19th century.

January 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

A River Runs Through It

Ellicott City, Md., has been devastated twice by flooding rivers that traverse the city. But one man has built a homemade warning system he hopes will save property and lives the next time the flood waters rise.

January 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

The Biggest Issues to Watch in 2020

State legislatures will have a lot on their plates. They’ll deal with issues in wildly differing ways. We set the context for the 2020 session with an overview of abortion, election security, housing, immigration, net neutrality, pensions, pre-emption, recession fears, redistricting, vaping, and workforce.

January 13, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Microlending Sparks Hope and Renewal in Rochester, N.Y.

As New York’s third-largest city finds its industrial giants continuing to downsize, a unique, no-interest loan program based on crowdfunding is stimulating a business revival at the grass-roots level.

January 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Behind the Lens: Governing Goes on Holiday

From a (reputed) nontraditional location for the penning of one of America's more popular Christmas songs, to a decked-out statue of the founder of Communism, we take a look at some less-than-conventional holiday festivities.

December 23, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

Washington, D.C., Showcases the Architecture of Pumping Water

A once-desolate stretch of waterfront has become home to DC Water, a futuristic hub for managing water treatment in the nation’s capital and an architectural symbol of environmental sustainability.

November 18, 2019
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Education

The History of Minneapolis Through Milling

Photos and musings from our photographer.

September 1, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

Cleaning Up the Anacostia River, One Boat at a Time

Photos and musings from our photographer.

August 14, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

Georgia’s Most Visited Tourist Attraction Is Also Its Most Controversial

Photos and musings from our photographer.

August 1, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

The Parking Garages of the Future

As many of them fall into disrepair, some are adapting to cities' changing needs.

August 15, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

How the Tilt-a-Whirl Became a Fixture of State Fairs

Photos and musings from our photographer.

July 26, 2019
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Urban

This Vacant City Block Will Soon Be the Tallest Building in Michigan

Photos and musings from our photographer.

July 11, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

America’s Oldest -- and Probably Wettest -- State Park

Photos and musings from our photographer.

July 1, 2019
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Education

Nevada's Official State Element

Photos and musing from our photographer.

June 1, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

A Bridge at the End of Its Lifespan

Photos and musings from our photographer.

May 1, 2019
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Urban

The Government Office That Feels Like a Modern Art Museum

Photos and musings from our photographer.

May 24, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

How Long Beach Prepares for the Grand Prix

Photos and musings from our photographer.

April 9, 2019
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Politics & Elections

The Mayor Who Lives in Thomas Paine's Old Home

Photos and musings from our photographer.

April 1, 2019
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Health & Human Services

Drugs? Pets? Couples? Unlike Most Homeless Shelters, This One Will Take You No Matter What

Las Vegas is taking a new, more tolerant approach to helping the homeless.

April 1, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

When the State Line Runs Down Main Street

Photos and musing from our photographer.

March 1, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

The Rest Stop That Inspired a Book on Highways in America

Photos and musing from our photographer.

February 1, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

Love Art Deco Architecture? Check Out This City Hall.

Photos and musings from photographer David Kidd.

December 27, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

A $16 Million Flop

Photos and musings from photographer David Kidd.

December 21, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

The World's First Mountain Cog Railway

Photos and musings from photographer David Kidd.

December 21, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

People ‘Love’ This State's Tourism Campaign

Photos and musings from our photographer.

January 25, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

This Vintage Stoplight Still Keeps Traffic Moving

Photos and musings from photographer David Kidd.

December 21, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

This Retro Drive-In Isn't What It Seems

Photos and musings from photographer David Kidd.

December 21, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Can a Park Heal Racial Rifts?

Photos and musings from our photographer.

December 1, 2018
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Education

Why This High School Football Team Spends $20,000 for Every Game

Photos and musings from our photographer.

November 28, 2018
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Urban

To Get Rid of Blight, Baltimore Tries Something New

The city, which has more empty and dilapidated houses than most, is making buyers prove that they can afford to purchase a home -- and to fix it up.

November 27, 2018
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Politics & Elections

Welcome to America's Smallest City Hall

Photos and musings from our photographer.

October 18, 2018
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Politics & Elections

Behind the Lens: The Only State With an ‘Embassy’ in D.C.

It's just a block away from the U.S. Capitol.

September 1, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

It Was America’s First Superhighway. Now Much of It Sits Abandoned.

But the Pennsylvania Turnpike hasn't been completely forgotten.

September 26, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

'I'm Somewhere Bettering Myself': Prison Reform Unlike Any Other in America

North Dakota is conducting a prison experiment inspired by Norway, a country with recidivism rates three times lower than in the U.S.

August 7, 2018
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Finance

Behind the Lens: The Oldest Free Music Festival in America

Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza may be better known, but this festival has been going strong since 1924.

August 1, 2018
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Management & Labor

Behind the Lens: Remnants of a Once-Thriving Town

Photos and musings from our photographer.

July 18, 2018
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Health & Human Services

Behind the Lens: Homeless and Sleeping at City Hall

Photos and musings from our photographer.

July 3, 2018
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Politics & Elections

Behind the Lens: A Peek at One State's Politics Hall of Fame

The Louisiana Political Museum may be the only one if its kind.

July 27, 2018
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Urban

Behind the Lens: The Glass Barrier Between Us

Photos and musings from our photographer.

June 7, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: Bike-Share Brings Ford Full Circle

Photos and musings from our photographer.

May 31, 2018
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Urban

Behind the Lens: In Detroit, Police Bring Neighborhood Baseball Back

Photos and musings from our photographer.

June 1, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: The Blue Whale of Catoosa

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

May 21, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: Say Goodbye to Hollywood's Star (of Trees)

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

May 16, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: Ghost Town

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

April 27, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

Behind the Lens: Out of Prison, Into a Home of Her Own

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

May 1, 2018
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Urban

Behind the Lens: Abandoned Homes in Baltimore

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

April 12, 2018
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Urban

Behind the Lens: The Boston Tea Pot

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

April 6, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: A Moment of Solitude at Walden Pond

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

March 29, 2018
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Urban

Behind the Lens: The Best Designed Basketball Courts in the World

According to Vogue anyway.

April 1, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: Why People in This Alaskan Town Watch Ice Melt – Literally

When the ice breaks, someone wins a cash prize.

March 1, 2018
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Education

Behind the Lens: The Town That Had No Library

Architecture students transformed an old bank into a library for Newbern, Ala.

February 1, 2018
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Politics & Elections

Behind the Lens: The Barboursville Ruins

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

January 2, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: Ghost Bike

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

January 1, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: Changing Lights (and More) in Tulsa

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

December 29, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: Subways in the Desert

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

December 28, 2017
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Urban

Behind the Lens: Los Angeles Has a Surprising Winter Pastime

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

January 1, 2018
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Education

Behind the Lens: The Rosenwald Schools

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

December 27, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: Taking the Twin Falls Plunge

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

December 26, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

Behind the Lens: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for Arborists)

Photos and musings from our photographer David Kidd.

December 1, 2017
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Urban

The City Where Scaffolding Is Older Than a Lot of Its Residents

New York has 280 miles of “sidewalk sheds.”

November 1, 2017
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Urban

Reno's Sign of the Times

When you drive through the city, you can’t miss its slogan. That wasn’t always the case.

October 1, 2017
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Urban

Why Bicyclists Feel Validated by San Francisco

Two words: "bicycle barometers."

September 29, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

Music Rocks! Especially in Denver.

It's home to Red Rocks, “the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world.”

August 1, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

The Erie Canal Is Getting an 8-Year-Long Birthday Party

That’s how long it took to build one of America’s most ambitious public works projects, and that’s how long its bicentennial will be celebrated.

July 7, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

In Houston's New Park, Art Goes Green

Smither Park celebrates folk art -- but only if it's recycled or reused.

May 23, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

All in a Year's Work, Underground

A tunnel-boring machine recently dug a two-and-a-half-mile-hole beneath the surface of the nation's capital. It only took 366 days.

April 14, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

Going Backwards to the Days of Dirt Roads

In an effort to save money, some governments are unpaving roads.

March 16, 2017
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Urban

How NYC Turned Salt Into Art

The Spring Street Salt Shed has been lauded as one of the city's best public sculptures.

February 1, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

Arcosanti: The Original (and Unfinished) Smart House?

In 1970, an architect began building a self-sustaining town of the future. Now it stands as a lab for environmentally conscious urban planners.

January 27, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

Remembering Cincinnati’s Old Streetcars

As the city prepares to debut new streetcars, here’s a last look at their old ones.

May 24, 2016
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Politics & Elections

State Capitols: Above It All

Many state capitols were designed to inspire with soaring architecture. The view from the top offers a unique perspective.

May 13, 2016
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Urban

With NYC's Wi-Fi Kiosks, People Can Practically Go Phoneless

The sleek new stations throughout the city let users make 911 calls and search the web -- all for free.

April 1, 2016
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Politics & Elections

The Henhouse at the Executive Mansion

To fulfill a campaign promise, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe stocked his new digs with egg-laying chickens.

February 24, 2016
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Management & Labor

Meet the People Who Run a Tiny Town’s Government

The small, rural town of Gifford, S.C., survives with help from just 12 enthusiastic public employees -- most of whom aren't even paid.

January 15, 2016
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Infrastructure & Environment

Iconic Detroit Building Gets Revitalized

The city's main train station, which shuttered its doors in 1988, is getting a makeover.

December 1, 2015
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Infrastructure & Environment

Why Commute by Road or Rail When You Can Ride in the Sky?

Portland, Ore., is home to one of only two aerial commuter trams in the United States.

November 1, 2015
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Finance

10 Years and Still Waiting for Space Travel's Takeoff

Truth or Consequences, N.M., is hoping space tourism will transform the sleepy desert town.

July 1, 2015
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Public Safety & Justice

Taking a Break to Celebrate Cops

What began as a day in 1962 has morphed into a weeklong celebration.

July 1, 2015
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Infrastructure & Environment

What’s All the Buzz About Bees?

The dwindling number of bees has a direct impact on the economy, which is what keeps state beekeepers like Tammy Horn going.

May 1, 2015
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Infrastructure & Environment

The Town That Takes the Elevator Everywhere

Residents of Whittier, Alaska, have to take the elevator or stairs wherever they go in the wintertime.

April 1, 2015
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Infrastructure & Environment

Once a Vacation Spot, Now an Ecological Nightmare

Southern California’s Salton Sea has been neglected for decades, but there’s reason to hope for its restoration.

March 1, 2015
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Politics & Elections

Virginia's Long-Running Page Program Perseveres

The state's legislature has one of the most extensive page programs still running in the country, paying teens to assist and live like lawmakers.

January 1, 2015
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Infrastructure & Environment

The Battle of the Traffic Light

How Irish nationalism in Syracuse, N.Y., resulted in a world-renowned upside-down traffic light.

January 1, 2015
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Infrastructure & Environment

The Nation’s Last Pre-Revolutionary Intersection

It’s home to four buildings, each dating back to the 18th century.

November 1, 2014
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Infrastructure & Environment

What's Love Got to Do with Bridge Safety?

What seems like a simple romantic gesture is actually a major maintenance issue for bridges.

October 1, 2014
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Urban

Outdoor Art Takes Center Stage

Museums in several cities are hanging art on walls throughout the streets.

July 1, 2014
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Infrastructure & Environment

One Building Divided Between Two Countries

The Haskell Free Library and Opera House was intentionally built straddling the border between Quebec and Vermont.

May 1, 2014
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Urban

March 2014 Last Look: Movie-Inspired Architecture

The design for part of one of Los Angeles’ airports was inspired by the spacecraft from the film The War of the Worlds.

March 1, 2014
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Public Safety & Justice

The Sounds of Silence in Prison

In the 1800s, Philadelphia built a prison that isolated inmates so they could meditate and become genuinely penitent. But as views on isolating inmates evolved over time, the prison was forced to close its doors.

March 1, 2014
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Infrastructure & Environment

What Makes a Schwinn Bike?

Schwinn bikes first appeared on streets in the 19th century and were built in such a unique way that decades-old Schwinns can still be seen in Chicago and other bike-friendly cities.

June 28, 2013
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Infrastructure & Environment

Water-Powered Electricity Flows Through Santa Rosa

In Santa Rosa, Calif., the electricity powering a lamp may very well come from recycled wastewater.

April 30, 2013
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Boston's City Halls, As Time Goes On

Governing Design Director David Kidd went on assignment to photograph Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. He came back with an architecture review of Boston's old and current city hall.

January 11, 2012
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Shadowing Redlands's Volunteer Corps

Design Director David Kidd followed Staff Writer John Buntin as they experienced life as a volunteer in Redlands, Calif., a place where volunteers take on jobs the city can't afford.

April 4, 2011
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Politics & Elections

Players in Wisconsin’s Union Turmoil

The battle over public sector unions in Madison has thrust state legislators into the limelight. Meet some of the players in this slideshow.

February 25, 2011
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Beach Cities

Photographer David Kidd went with reporters to L.A. and Chicago for stories on police stations and transportation systems respectively, but ended up on the beach in both cities.

June 8, 2010
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Community Problems and Citizen Help

While touring two vastly different areas of the Bay area last month, GOVERNING's photographer found that both communities have problems and depend on citizens and activists to resolve them.

May 18, 2010
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Infrastructure & Environment

Keeping the Streets of America's Snowiest City Clean

There are places nationwide that get more snow, but among cities with populations greater than 100,000, Syracuse's snowfall is supreme.

February 1, 2010
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Touring the Tenderloin

I was in San Francisco in March, taking pictures for John Buntin's May story about that city's efforts to clean up its roughest neighborhood, the ...

April 27, 2010
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The Wire(s) in Denver

Governing writer John Buntin and I were in Denver in February to look into that city's use of DNA testing as a means of ...

March 17, 2010
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Golden Snowballs and Snow Globes in Syracuse

Syracusans have much to be proud of. Their city has a long history of accomplishments. But there is one accomplishment that many of its citizens ...

February 2, 2010
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Hometown History: Syracuse

While on assignment in Syracuse last week, I did what I always do: drive around to see the old neighborhood and my favorite places in ...

January 12, 2010
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Reporting from the Roller Derby

Writer Rob Gurwitt and I were in Providence City Hall: he to gather information for an upcoming story, and I to take pictures of whomever ...

November 17, 2009
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Finding the Right Spots to Chat

Some conversations tend to be of "high" priority. Photo by David Kidd As part of Governing's 2009 Public Official of the Year coverage, I spent the ...

November 3, 2009
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