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The Progress and Promise of Pittsburgh's Turnaround

BY Alan Greenblatt

After years of decline, the city is making gains, and Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration represents a new brand of politics that’s moving into big cities across America.


Politics & Elections

How Political Donors Are Changing Statehouse News Reporting

A growing share of statehouse reporting in state capitols across the country comes from conservative groups, blurring the lines between journalism and advocacy. BY
Management & Labor

What If States Just Sold Marijuana Themselves?

Voters legalized pot in three more places Tuesday, and now they have to decide how to regulate it. Some favor the government selling the drug directly to consumers over creating a for-profit pot industry. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Broadband Expands into Rural America, But How Many Will Adopt?

High-speed Internet is finally starting to reach the nation’s most remote areas. Many residents, though, are slow to adopt it. BY

A Big Bear in the Big City

As bears, cougars and other predatory animals range closer to cities, wildlife agencies are rethinking how best to keep both people and animals safe. BY


Politics & Elections

City Hall Drama Takes Center Stage in New Play

An interactive show casts theatre-goers as participants in a city council meeting. BY
Politics & Elections

Occupy Activist Earns a Seat on the Memphis Transit Board

The Occupy movement may be over, but some of its activists are still gaining influence in local government. BY
Health & Human Services

Why Are States Passing Up Millions in Federal Funding?

Only a few states take advantage of the federal matching funds intended to help employ food stamp users. BY

The Town Where Everyone Still Walks to School

In a nation where few students still walk to school, how has Lakewood, Ohio, gone without school buses for so long? BY

Liquor Dealers Leading Arkansas’ Fight to Stay Dry

More than 80 years after Prohibition ended at the national level, Arkansas voters will decide in November whether to keep their state dry. BY
Washington Watch

Crazy Quilt Federalism

Innovation is happening in a lot of places, just in different ways. BY

In 2014 Governors Races, Where’s the Tea Party?

Tea Party candidates infiltrated the U.S. Senate primaries this year, but the group failed to form any real challenges to Republican governors. BY
Health & Human Services

Why Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Isn’t Easy

The need to fund safety-net hospitals puts expansion on the table in some states. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Renewable Energy's Rise Hurting Utilities

Solar energy is one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. But it and other renewables are eating into utilities' profits, which have begun asking cities and states for help. BY
Transportation & Infrastructure

Lessons from Kokomo on How to Spend Responsibly

How the Indiana city that was the center of the auto industry collapse became an unlikely poster child for long-term fiscal sustainability. BY
Urban Notebook

The Website That Could End Homelessness in Los Angeles

L.A. County is using a computerized system to link homeless people with the social services that best fit their needs. BY


Public Safety & Justice

Aging Prisoners Shackle State Budgets

The nation’s graying prison population will strain the corrections system. There are ways to keep costs down, but they’re not often used. BY
Smart Management

The Simple Way to Grade the Public Workforce

Some governments are going back to measuring employees' quantity of output instead of quality. BY
On Leadership

With Big Data Comes Bigger Goals

Today’s performance management tools eliminate the old ways of thinking about what government can and can’t do. BY
Tech Talk

Drones Take Off, But Regulations Remain Grounded

Everyone from Hollywood to state and local governments want in on the action. BY
Public Money

States Struggle to Contain Firefighting Costs

As fire departments’ costs have increased in recent years, their volunteers have drastically dropped. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

The Nation’s Last Pre-Revolutionary Intersection

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


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