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John Martin was a contributing editor for Governing from 2011 to 2019. A former managing editor for the magazine, he created and edited Governing's website. From 2010 to 2016, he edited and published GovManagement Daily, an email newsletter on public-sector management.

Before joining Governing at the time of its launch in 1987, Martin was an editor at newspapers in North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania and at a national news service in Washington, D.C.

June 1, 2014

The Transit System America Threw Away

Before streetcars practically disappeared, they carried millions of people around our cities. Will light rail systems decline too?
May 16, 2012

Making the Mail Snailier

The U.S. Postal Service will never have a bright fiscal outlook, but it’s going to be vital to our communities and our economy for a long time to come. Should we just keep cutting, or is it time to rethink the mail from scratch?