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Can America's Biggest Ports Go Green?

BY Daniel C. Vock

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have set an audacious goal: reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to zero.

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Small City, Big Goals: How an Unconventional Mayor Is Beating the System

West Sacramento, Calif.'s Christopher Cabaldon has revived his town and become a player on the national stage. BY
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Rising Funeral Costs Put Pressure on Local Governments

Funerals have become a luxury that many Americans can’t afford. Cities and counties are paying the price. BY ,
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Human Composting, Liquid Cremation: States Search for Greener Funeral Options

Washington just became the first U.S. state to sanction "human composting," the latest eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial and cremation. BY
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How Governments Are Transitioning Their Gender Policies to Nonbinary

A growing number of states and cities are letting residents identify as neither male nor female, setting up a cascade of tough policy questions. BY
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Right to an Attorney? Most Tenants Face Landlords Without One.

But a handful of cities are starting to provide counsel in civil court. BY

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Where’s the Beef? States Ban Veggie Burgers From Being Labeled 'Meat'

Lawmakers say they want to clear up confusion over plant-based meat substitutes. BY
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Want to Slash Your State’s Budget? This Woman Can Help.

Donna Arduin has made a career out of consulting with governors on budget cuts. BY
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Is 311 Fair?

A new study examines whether cities respond to complaints as quickly in poor neighborhoods as they do in rich ones. BY
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Nonprofits Don’t Have to Pay Taxes, But Boston Still Hopes They’ll Chip In

Half the city’s land mass is occupied by government entities and other tax-exempt institutions. Some city councilors say nonprofits are not paying their fair share. BY
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It's Been a Rough Year for Mass Transit

With falling ridership and scrapped expansion projects, urban transit faces an uncertain future. BY
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Natural Disasters and Distrust

In an emergency, government must convince people it knows best for them. That's easier said than done. BY
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Why Orlando Is a Teenager in the Life Cycle of Cities

Older metros don’t grow the same way younger ones do. Why don’t we acknowledge that? BY
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Areas With Most Local Governments Map

Maps shows where cities, towns and other local governments are most concentrated. BY

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This Once-Popular Public Policy Tool Could Be Key to States’ Budget Futures

Coordinating commissions have fallen out of favor. It’s time to bring them back. BY
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A Remedy for Urban Dullness

How can you build a great place? Expand the number of people who own it. BY
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18 and On Your Own: A New Way to Ease the Transition From Foster Care

Aging out of the system brings tough challenges that states are trying to help young adults overcome. BY
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Can Surge Pricing Cut Energy Use?

California will be the first state where utilities charge more for power used during peak hours. BY
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Nevada's Official State Element

Photos and musing from our photographer. BY

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