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July 23, 2008 - 3:48 am

Reason magazine a href=”http://reason.com/news/show/127481.html”ranks the worst nanny-state /acities in America:br /br /blockquoteFrom New York to Los Angeles, from the People’s Republic of Cambridge to the west Texas town of El Paso, city governments are using and abusing their authority to tell the rest of us how to live. Two decades of healthy economies and dropping crime rates have given many city councils the luxury of worrying about less urgent issues, from the last wisps of secondhand smoke to the discomfort of fatted geese. So even while self-styled progressives in Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston take a more relaxed approach to sex and pot, they’ve adopted increasingly restrictive laws regarding alcohol, tobacco, and junk food. It may be easier to smoke a joint today than it was 20 years ago (except in New York City—see below), but it’s getting much more difficult to enjoy a legal cigarette./blockquotebr /br /Is a href=”http://reason.com/news/show/127481.html”your city on the list?/a

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