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  • Deadly Delays: The decline of Fire Response

    The author's investigative piece was the first national attempt to gauge the performance of fire departments. The Globe found that fire departments are arriving at fires later each year and yet still cutting staff. The delays are costly for lives and property.
  • No Tow Zone

    An in-depth investigation using Computer Assisted Reporting showed that during snow emergencies, tow trucks rarely showed up to certain parts of St. Paul. The story examines the ramifications for poorer communities as far as selective enforcement and unequal municipal services are concerned.
  • Arresting Developments

    The American Prospect looks at the use of police powers to enforce law on private property. The story reveals that police officers - often in uniform - are hired by private developments to enforce their private parking, speeding, trespassing, loitering, etc. rules. Cops cannot give a speeding ticket to someone who is violating a private speeding limit on a private speed, but they could consider arresting the violator for 'operating to endanger,' the magazine reveals. The reporter finds that "taken together, these moves represent a qualitative, though little noted, expansion of public law enforcement into the realm of private space." A major finding is that the approximately 25,000 private communities that already pay for their own private security patrols could argue successfully that they should not have to pay to support the public police system because they are policing themselves.
  • Are you getting your money's worth?

    First part:Taxpayers who pay more in local taxes do not necessarily receive more municipal services. Second part: Urban sprawl is causing a strain on municipal services.
  • The Tax-Free Zone

    The City Paper reports that "Each year, thousands of nonprofits suck up millions of dollars in city services, but the District government refuses to send them a bill. Gail Barnes and other city activists say it's time for the cash-strapped District to tap the nonprofits' wallets.... The exodus of middle-income residents from the District may go down as the last great migration of the 20th century. Citing deplorable municipal services, rising crime, and an ineffectual education system, these former D.C. stalwarts have become D.C. haters. Almost to a one, the departing hordes complain about the District's confiscatory taxes - income, property, and sales - which make Washingtonians' tax bills among the highest in the land."