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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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  • 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.

  • Grand Canyon Transportation Planning: The Railroading of Visitors

    Posted on October 15, 1999 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dennis Foster

    The National Park Service (NPS) has spent years designing and redesigning transportation plans for Grand Canyon National Park. The current state of these plans calls for a light rail system to be used to shuttle visitors into and out of the park. The stated goal of the transit system is "to provide more convenient access to the park than is now experienced." The premise is that the quality of the visitors' experience is currently being degraded not only by increasing congestion, but by the mere presence of the internal combustion engine.

  • A Tale of Two Cities: Phoenix, Portland, Growth and Growth Control

    Posted on October 01, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    Steve McQueen, the actor, once said that he would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. This is a typically American attitude toward cities. This distaste of the city environment, the cramped spaces, the crowds, the pollution and the noise goes all the way back to Thomas Jefferson who dreamt of a nation founded on yeomen farmers. Although there aren't many farmers today, the dream lives on in many families who wish to live in their own, single, detached home.

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