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There are almost 90,000 local governments in America, with an average of one new local government born every day. Many are unaccountable to taxpayers and special interest-driven, and the Goldwater Institute’s “New Charter for American Cities” gives citizens the tools they need to fight City Hall and hold their local governments accountable.

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  • Safer Streets Possible Without Red-Light Cameras

    Posted on May 28, 2002 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Solveig Singleton

    More of Arizona's cities and towns are considering the use of red light cameras. As they inch their way into the intersection of privacy and technology, cities should proceed with caution.

  • We Didn't Become LA

    Posted on May 09, 2002 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    In 1989, public transit advocates argued that Valtrans was the only system that could prevent the Valley of the Sun from turning into a traffic-choked, smog-shrouded "Carmageddon."

  • Vigorous Maricopa Growth Reflects High Quality of Life

    Posted on April 30, 2002 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix-According to new Census Bureau figures, Maricopa County grew faster than any other county in the nation during the fifteen months from April 2000 to July 2001. While some see this growth as a cause for alarm, Goldwater Institute economist Robert Franciosi believes that Maricopa's vigorous growth is a reflection of its high quality of life.

  • Civic Plaza's Importance Is Vastly Oversold

    Posted on January 04, 2002 | Type: In the News

    In its continuing effort to revitalize downtown, the City of Phoenix is seeking to expand the Phoenix Civic Plaza: the big concrete boxes north of the ballpark used to host conventions and car shows. To finance the expansion, the city wants to issue $300 million in bonds, and is looking for the state to kick in an additional $300 million. The city is pushing the expansion as a necessary upgrade to a so-called vital economic engine. The reality is that the Civic Plaza is an engine that is almost wholly fueled by public subsidies, and its importance to the state and local economies is vastly oversold.

  • How Urban Density Intensifies Traffic Congestion and Air Pollution

    Posted on October 01, 2000 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Wendell Cox

    Residents and public officials in urban areas around the world are concerned about traffic congestion and air pollution. Of the two problems, traffic congestion is the more intractable, because improved vehicle technologies are already having a dramatic effect on improving air quality.

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