Far from becoming obsolete, public libraries still operate at the heart of their communities. In addition, they’ve taken on new roles such as"Guide to the Internet," and "Champion of Equal Access." Now they’re struggling, on behalf of their patrons, to prevent private companies from passing legislation that restricts the right to read free of charge. By Harriet Barlow, Karen Hering and Stacy Mitchell… Read More
Feature Stories: The Buck Starts-and-Stops Here, Getting a Slice of the Pie, States Take the Bull by the Horn, Now We Have Plenty of Bananas, Microradio Struggles to Regain a Place on the Dial, and Outlandish Taxes.
Place Rules: Consumer coupons could boost local business in Japan, Indie bookstores break ground online at booksense.com, and Mayors and counties charge pro-industry slant on Congressional e-commerce tax commission.
Feature Stories: Owning Your Own Economy, Masters of Our Destiny, Bits Bytes and Community, and Rooting for the Home Team
Place Rules: Good rules make a difference but only if they have muscle, Devolving power, and Traditional road design in the back seat.