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This Winning Knight Cities Challenge Idea Is Remarkably Simple

The Take Ten public engagement initiative is one of the 32 projects that made the cut. Check out the full list of winners.

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Public-Private Partnerships Require a Sophisticated Approach

In a guest article, former Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess discusses how P3s can be very effective to control project costs and reduce public-sector risk.

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Cuomo Institutes Indiana Travel Ban for New York State Employees

New York’s governor is turning up the heat on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

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How Red States Learned to Love the Gas Tax

In Washington, raising the levy on fuel is a non-starter. But Republican legislatures that actually have to balance their budgets are finding increases indispensable.

Are There Limits to Government Speech?

The Supreme Court considers whether putting a Confederate battle flag on a license plate should be different than urging Americans to eat more beef.

The Best (and Cheapest) Places in the World for Coworking

A guide of some of the hottest places around the world for different types of digital nomads.

How States Use Cameras to Crack Down on School Bus Scofflaws

More than a dozen states now authorize the use of cameras mounted on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass them.

Unwelcome times in the Hoosier State.

What Makes Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Different?

The new statute's defenders claim it simply mirrors existing federal rules, but it contains two provisions that put new obstacles in the path of equality.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

Indianapolis Mayor Denounces Indiana’s Religious Objections Law and Reaffirms City’s Openness

Amid the ongoing furor that’s tarnishing Indiana’s economic image, Greg Ballard calls on his fellow Republicans to extend state civil rights protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gowanus Canal runs through Brooklyn in 2014.

A Grimly Fascinating Map of Toxic Spills in Brooklyn

The borough is splattered with escaped pollutants like oil, paint, raw sewage, and mystery blood.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has previously come to an agreement with the city of Raleigh over the sale of state land for a grand central park. Now, state legislators want to block a state-city deal. Again.

In Raleigh, State Lawmakers Throw Wrench in City's Central Park Plan. Again.

City leaders have an agreement to buy a giant piece of state land to create their own grand central park. But new legislation may pit municipal leaders against the highest bidder.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the controversial legislation last week.

Another City Government Announces Indiana Travel Ban

With the Hoosier State’s national image damaged over its new “discriminatory law,” more pressure is building from mayors, business and tech leaders.

Next Stop on Route Fifty’s ‘Roadmap’ Roadtrip: Kansas

With KanVote, a former state lawmaker aims to make it easier to vote in the Sunflower State.