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In the effort to make cities more equitable, efficient, and sustainable, the success of older Western European cities and states might provide models for best practices for restructuring municipal governance. In this article, I will look at issues such as environmental ideology, automobile transport influence, and the anti-tax movement, and discuss governance models from the standpoint of susceptibility to corruption, capture by corporate entities, commitment to constituency, and the role of community political fragmentation. (more…)
By Chris Bosch
The popular “e-cigarette” devices are facing increased regulatory scrutiny in cities across the United States. The OC Register reported that the most common move by cities is adding e-cigarette language to smoking bans that are already on the books. The Los Angeles City Council did just this in March, when it prohibited e-cigarettes in public places where smoking was already banned. Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago are also part of this ever-growing movement, which now includes about 100 cities in California alone. (more…)
In a article examining the “myths and realities about early American gun regulation,” Saul Cornell provides new insight as to how the right to arms outside the home evolved in Antebellum law. Cornell’s article is arguably the first to seriously examine this legal development and I do not challenge his general findings in this regard. Where we seemingly diverge is the role that the Statute of Northampton served in this process, particularly its intellectual impact by the turn of the nineteenth century. (more…)
Thank you to the Fordham Urban Law Journal for this opportunity to participate in the debate over the recent United Kingdom Constitutional Reform Act of 2005 (“CRA”), which was delineated so comprehensively by Professor Maute, particularly the potential of the new judicial appointment processes it instituted for diversifying the judiciary. Sparked by Professor Maute’s suggestion that these reforms could provide lessons for the U.S. selection system, the conversation has been broadened by subsequent contributors to encompass themes such as the meaning and value of diversity, the means by which progress on diversity can be measured, and the question of merit, representativeness and judicial legitimacy. (more…)