For many government entities, the need to do more with less is now a defining feature—and a frequent driver of innovation. In 1989, the US Army decided that it no longer needed to occupy the Presidio of San Francisco, an expanse of prime real estate that hade been a military base for more than two centuries. Two outcomes for the site soon emerged: It would become a national park, or it would be subject to commercial and residential development. Ultimately, it came under the jurisdiction of the P…

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