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  • There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

    For those of you who aren’t county engineers experiencing the consequences daily, oil and gas drilling equipment is extremely hard on rural roads. Now, according to a fascinating New Yorker article, pavement (and other stuff) is being damaged by another energy-industry practice.

  • Imagine restoring this fountain!

    Several years ago, my lovely suburban Chicago village installed a fountain in the central business district. It’s wonderful. Every warm evening, people of all ages are sitting on the surrounding benches, listening to the tinkle of the water, and relaxing.

  • Keep those job descriptions coming!

    In March I offered to post help wanted announcements to the Public Works magazine website, Linked In group, and weekly e-newsletter. All for free.

  • Calling all water, sewer professionals!

    How do you plan to improve utility operations over the coming year?

  • Springing into summer

    Answer these 10 questions to ensure parks, trails, and playgrounds are ready to (safely) rock.

  • No one sues themselves

    How to form a disabilities committee that turns ‘difficult’ people into powerful allies.

  • Ground surface and wheelchair users

    A short video you once showed on high-vibration vs. smooth ground surfaces has stayed with me in all my sidewalk, patio, and outdoor assembly area design projects. I heard the U.S. Access Board has researched the effects of ground surfaces on wheelchair users. If so, can you tell us more about it...

  • President Obama’s second stimulus package

    In 2009, the Build America Bond program was launched to jump-start the economy via road- and water-system construction. Six year later, the Qualified Public Infrastructure Bond (QPIB) could pick up where the first stimulus package left off.

  • Justice Department Files Statement of Interest regarding Title II Service Animal Regulation

    The Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest today (1/26/15) in Alboniga v. School Board of Broward County, Florida, No. 14-60085 (S. D. Fla.), to clarify that the Department's title II regulation generally requires public entities, such as schools, to permit individuals with...

  • Lies, damn lies, and statistics

    Wasn’t it Mark Twain who said there are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics? I believe he was referring to the use of numbers (by politicians) to strengthen a weak argument.