Business improvement districts (BIDs) have proliferated as a means of increasing property value in city commercial areas. Property owners in the district opt in to an assessment that provides funds for improved maintenance, beautification, capital improvements, community events, and enhanced security. BIDs allow willing property owners in cash-strapped cities to pursue development goals without increasing [...]
About Matthew LipkaMatthew Lipka is a 1L at HLS. Before law school, he worked at a transit agency and as a consultant with infrastructure and industrial companies and the public sector.
I have been writing over the last few weeks about drones and the opportunities and challenges they represent for local governments. This is the last entry in that series. One aspect of the drone problem that is particularly ripe for local level attention, and is likely to be neglected in national regulation, is how ordinary [...]
Last week I posted about the opportunities for cities to improve law enforcement effectiveness, save money, and create jobs and fun in their communities. But to do that, they need to navigate legal issues. The first challenge is how to allow safe flying. Congress mandated in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act [...]
Drones, or unmanned aerial systems, are not just for fighting wars or terrorists. Equipped with cameras or other sensors, they can observe and record information on areas that are expensive or difficult to survey otherwise. Unlike conventional manned vehicles, which can cost $1000 an hour for a contracted helicopter company, drones are cheap. You can [...]
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