The Mayoral Optics of ‘Small Business Saturday’

The annual event is usually a great way to connect with the community. But was D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s choice of where to kick things off a good idea?

The Next Fight to Expand Voting Has Already Begun

Before the 2016 race ends, advocates for automatic registration are already eyeing new efforts in Illinois, Nevada, and elsewhere.

D.C.’s Foster Care App Illustrates the Importance of a Mobile-First Mentality

Many government agencies shy away from mobile apps, but the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency recognized that’s just what it needed.

‘Resilient Cities’ Look to Address Social Inequality as a Function of Other Environmental, Economic Stresses

Louisville, Kentucky, sees a link between its most pressing problems and poorest neighborhoods, and it’s not alone.

Feds Issue Emergency Safety Directive for D.C. Metrorail

As the FTA continues to rebuke WMATA over safety, the transit agency lays out a difficult—but necessary—plan to make badly needed repairs.

As Denver Hits Transit High, D.C. Digests Its Metro ‘Death Spiral’

New rail lines spark excitement out west, but some aging systems back east are in big trouble.

D.C.’s New 51st State Push; Waco vs. Its Wildflowers

Also in our State and Local weekend news digest: Higher speed limit tradeoffs; Mississippi’s new church “protection” law; and Honolulu’s shopping cart containment proposal.

D.C. Takes Its War on Potholes Mobile

GIS mapping will be used in this year’s “Potholepalooza” to speed up repairs while keeping residents in the loop.

D.C. Metro's New General Manager: Troubled Agency Must 'Confront Some Hard Truths'

Commuters in the nation's capital have lost confidence in their once-proud transit system. Can Paul Wiedefeld save WMATA from its death spiral?

When the Soft Power of Naming City Streets Sparks Conflict

From time to time, an ordinarily non-confrontational municipal function can become something very much out of the ordinary.

Online Repository Boasts Nearly 10,000 Federal, State and Local Criminal Justice Datasets

The Sunlight Foundation’s 'Hall of Justice' launched after 18 months of information gathering and programming.

Complex Federal Land Footprint Causes Snow-Removal Quandary in D.C.

Why is that sidewalk not shoveled? In the nation’s capital, the feds are often to blame.

Why Many Cities Should Be Envious of D.C.'s Parks and Recreation Programs

The nation’s capital is a swimmer’s paradise because of its investments in municipal pools. And now, non-swimmers can take advantage of a great wellness perk the District offers its residents.

What Can Cities Do to Protect Soft Targets Against Terrorist Attacks?

The deadly events in Paris show just how vulnerable places like restaurants and some entertainment venues are.

How D.C.’s Office of Open Government Is Transforming Government One Day at a Time

Despite a limited budget and resources, the office has shepherded significant transformation in its two-and-a-half years, according to a guest article by its director.

The Double-Edged Sword of a Proactive Agency Social Media Strategy

Here are two good examples for Twitter best practices. But actions speak louder than words.

How Do the 50 States Stack Up According to Their ‘State Avenue Gravitas’ in D.C.?

Yes, it’s an unusual way to rank the states. But do California and Texas deserve higher-profile D.C. locations because of their outsized populations?

Adult Dental Coverage Expanding Slowly in Medicaid

The Affordable Care Act did little to improve adult dental care. But a few states are taking steps to boost Medicaid coverage.

Why Municipal Pool Investments Are Great Societal Equalizers

The racially charged incident in McKinney, Texas, shows why public recreation facilities like pools are important and needed investments.

Here’s an Unusual New Government Email Rule

Emails can be sent quickly. But this procedural hoop could be a big drag for one D.C. agency.

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