Happiness

“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
How Seattle Made Dark Alleys Safer—By Throwing Parties In Them
by Araz Hachadourian
Since nearly a third of the city's walkable spaces are filled with cars, these residents decided to take back the alleys.
How One San Francisco Neighborhood Became “Immune” to Gentrification
by Rick Jacobus
With more than a quarter of the Tenderloin’s housing stock owned by nonprofits or the government, longtime residents have staying power.
Video: 10 Years After Katrina, Has New Orleans Recovered?
by Laura Flanders
This new documentary looks at gentrification in New Orleans and its effects on the city's low-income communities.
The Crunch: The Michigan Town That's Sending All Its Kids to College (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
This week we're talking about universal parental leave, how California's winning the drought, and $5,000 scholarships for every kid in Baldwin, Michigan.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
Watch These 12-Year-Olds Talk About Race More Candidly Than Most Adults Do
by Araz Hachadourian
These New York City middle-schoolers opened up about their experiences with race and racism in WNYC's "Being 12" series.
Bikesharing Trends to Watch in 2015
by Shared-Use Mobility Center
There are a number of bikesharing trends to be excited about this year, from better technology to increased access in low-income communities.
How a Bronx Theater Uses Avant-Garde Theater to Teach Everyday Activism
by Araz Hachadourian
Whether the crisis is AIDS or cyber-bullying, Pregones Theater’s empathy-based theater techniques help young people rehearse for action.
What If Your Hometown Became "America's Rape Capital"?
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Missoula has a problem—just like every college town in America. A sociologist weighs in on Jon Krakauer's new book about sexual assault at the University of Montana.
These Moms Lost Their Kids to Violence. On Mother's Day Weekend, They're Marching on Washington‏
by Araz Hachadourian, Mary Hansen
Maria Hamilton's son Dontre was killed by police officers. After no one was charged, she sought out hundreds of other parents and decided to take their demands to Washington.
Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars?
by Jason F. McLennan
As we reimagine our future cities, we can make room for nature and humanity.
How “Granny Flats” and Suburban Downtowns Are Creating a Different (and Better) Kind of Density
by Jay Walljasper
Density has become a dirty word in some circles because people associate it with big, ugly buildings. Luckily, there are other ways to get people living close together.
Book Review: After Landing Herself in ICU, This Woman Changed Her Lifestyle, and Built a Tiny House
by Abby Quillen
In building her tiny house, the author built a simpler and happier life.
Sit Still, Listen, and Accept Being a Target: What White Men Can Do in Times Like These
by Kevin Fong
From law enforcement officers to sports team owners, we're hearing plenty of stories of white men behaving badly. Even the most decent and principled ones have to exercise muscles of consciousness they haven’t needed to use before.