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The Burden of Hosting a Super Bowl

February 2, 2015 When public money is used to help finance a new NFL stadium, two arguments help persuade officials and taxpayers that the investment is worthwhile: 1. The expensive new facility will prevent the local team from leaving town. 2. The expensive new facility will lure in a Super Bowl. Maybe more...

Who Will Stop America's Plague of Hideous License Plates?

December 12, 2014 While Norway puts us to shame in 2014 with their sophisticated new passportsand money, the U.S. remains committed to providing its people with cluttered, boring government-issued items. It's especially bad on America's roads. As William Morgan explained in Slate earlier this year, American license plate design has long left behind...

A New Tool for Tracking Pittsburgh's Bad Air

December 5, 2014 A group dedicated to fixing Pittsburgh's air pollution problem has rolled out a new interactive tool that allows residents to watch the particulate matter in the air rise and fall minute to minute. The Breathe Project, a local coalition funded by the Heinz Endowments, has launched four cameras overlooking four...

How Drones Are Helping Peru Save Its Ancient Temples, Pyramids and Cities

August 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Peru is a country with an impressive collection of ancient ruins. And archaeologists have figured out a way to turn drones into one of their most reliable work assistants. Small drones are helping researchers create site maps and three-dimensional models of sites, a process that used to take months or...

Happy Reopening, Statue of Liberty!

July 5, 2013 The Statue of Liberty reopened Thursday, its grounds fully restored after $59 million worth of damage, caused by Superstorm Sandy, led to broken railings, docks, and paving stones, as well as damaged sewage pumps and electrical systems. Visitors will be able to arrive via ferry boats once again to tour...

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