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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Coronavirus Response Resources Guide for Government Leaders






The novel coronavirus has tested the durability of federal, state and local governments around the country and the world. This list of resources is meant to connect leaders with useful tools to aid in response efforts.


By Dustin Haisler, Futures and Innovation Editor  |  March 20, 2020

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Future in Context

Learning to Deal with the Coronavirus Through Literature






In uncertain times, we search for assurances. The humanities, including stories about coping with past plagues, provide a powerful reference to how things can be made right again.


By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  March 20, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Two Tales of Modern Urban Architecture in the South






Mid-twentieth century modern buildings once flourished in two Southern cities. Thanks to its location in Miami Beach, art deco has prospered in recent decades. But modernism faces a sadder fate in Montgomery, Ala.


By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  March 20, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Legislative Watch: Paper Files, Bots and Deepfakes






State lawmakers are tackling new digital threats to elections and public trust by banning voting bots and criminalizing deepfakes; meanwhile, in New Jersey, a legislator wants to bring an end to paper records.


By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 20, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Election Meltdown: How to Ensure Voting Integrity in 2020






Richard L. Hasen, one of the nation’s leading experts on election law and campaign finance regulation, talks about what state and local officials can do to reduce potential abuses and disruptions during the 2020 election.


By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 19, 2020

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$300,000

The amount of money that the Golden Gate Bridge is losing daily amidst the shelter-in-place order that has been enacted in California’s Bay Area and the state as a whole. The Bay Area Regional Transit has also seen ridership loss that accounts for $37 million per month.

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