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The Paradox of Progress Underscores Atlanta Mayor’s Race

BY Alan Greenblatt

Things are looking up right now in the city. Well, at least part of it. That inequality will impact the city’s upcoming election and be the biggest issue facing its next leader.



What’s Changed (and What Hasn’t) Since Governing Started 30 Years Ago

We first published in 1987, a year when states and cities seemed poised for innovation. BY

3 Events That Shaped Modern Federalism

Over a generation, there’s been a sea change in the way cities, states and the feds deal with each other. BY

The ‘New Urbanism’ Movement Might Be Dead

City revival has ceased to be a radical idea, and that’s a good thing. BY

5 Government Trends to Watch

As Governing celebrates its 30th anniversary, here's a few predictions for the next three decades. BY

Government Technology's Complicated History

The public sector has been notoriously slow to embrace technology. Is that finally changing? BY

Tax Battle Lines Shift in Cities and Suburbs

Local income taxes were once blamed for causing businesses to flee to the suburbs. Not anymore. BY



The Fight to Fix America's Broken Bail System

Jails are filled with low-risk offenders awaiting court dates. There's bipartisan support to change that, so why is it still hard to get anything done? BY

Taxpayers Have Their Own Bill of Rights in Colorado. But Who Benefits?

The unique anti-tax tool has defined spending in the state, and it may spread to more states. BY

At Work, the 'Irregulars' Are Starting to Get Protection

Irregular hours and unpredictable schedules have redefined work for many low-income Americans. States and cities are just beginning to regulate them. BY



The Man Behind Texans’ Unique Defense Plan Against Tax Increases

Art Martinez de Vara created the first "defensive city." Today, there are a string of them. BY

Barbershop Fiasco Inspires Call for Cutting ‘Silly’ Regulations

Most states have outdated laws. In New Hampshire, a rule about which businesses can use red, white and blue paint has spurred a backlash against such red tape. BY

Indictment? What Indictment? Criminal Case Has Little Impact on Texas AG

Ken Paxton is the state’s latest official to seemingly survive a political scandal. BY

Consolidation Makes Sense, Yet Few Cities Have the Urge to Merge

It's an issue that's playing out right now in St. Louis County. BY



Why Neighborhood Nicknames Matter

They can have a big impact on economic fortunes and social cohesion, which explains the controversy that often surrounds them. BY

Why Can’t Seattle Find a Mayor It Likes?

Ed Murray’s resignation represents a trend: Unlike most big cities, mayors there tend to last one term -- or less. BY

Are Doctors Finally Ready for Data?

The medical field has been reluctant to adopt technology. There are reasons to believe that’s changing. BY

This Millennial Is Helping a Major City Go Green

At 24, Atlanta’s new sustainability director has already spent a lifetime in the field. He attributes that to cartoons and his famous family. BY

Before Replacing Jobs With Machines, Ask These Questions

For one, what’s the objective -- to improve service, save money or both? BY



The Alarming Consequences of Police Working Overtime

Research shows long hours and off-duty work can negatively impact officers’ performance and even worsen their racial biases. But most departments don’t place any limits on officers' hours. BY
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How Technology Can Help Police Departments Address Racial Bias and Be More Effective

Institutionalized racism can result in misdirected resources that do little to solve serious crimes. BY

Reno's Sign of the Times

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

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