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David Kidd

Photojournalist / Storyteller

David Kidd is a photojournalist and storyteller for Governing. He was the art director and staff photographer at Teacher magazine and the American Journalism Review before joining Governing in 2008. He can be reached at dkidd@governing.com

With its recent $105 million purchase of the State of Illinois Center in downtown Chicago, the tech giant reimagines the future for an unappreciated government complex.
With the help of city school kids, an organization is restoring long-depleted oyster beds that once flourished in the waters that surround New York City. The bivalves are cleaning the water and protecting shorelines.
Baltimore’s free ferry system gets commuters and others where they need to go.
Most bridges aren’t built offsite and then moved to where they need to be. But that’s what happened in Detroit with an unusual infrastructure project that also called for saving an iconic music recording studio.
Construction is underway on Origin Park, built on 600 acres of post-industrial wasteland along the banks of the Ohio River.
They once numbered in the thousands. Now, only a fraction are left, mostly abandoned and falling apart. But Kathy Wilner is determined to find every remaining one-room school in her state.
By most reckonings, tiny schools should be gone by now. But a few of them are hanging on in a state where the rural population has been declining for decades.
A proponent of data and performance analytics, the three-term mayor is equally invested in compassionate government.
The small Illinois town of 6,000 has a giant statue, a museum and an annual celebration linking the Man of Steel with the namesake fictional city where he battled for truth, justice and the American way.
Public stairways were originally built by the hundreds into the hills for a walking workforce that has nearly disappeared. But fans praise the role of the unique transportation system and continue to use them today.