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Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
by Thomas Hanna
Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart
by Laura Garcia, Molly Rusk
The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.
This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists
"Pretty soon they're using it to travel downtown and expand their understanding of the community they live in."
Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again. Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.
by Sena Christian
Preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture show the increasing role of women in U.S. agriculture—especially on organic and small-scale farms.
Want to Fight the Corporate Takeover? Start with a Pint at the Pub Want to Fight the Corporate Takeover? Start with a Pint at the Pub
by David Bollier
The British government is reversing damage done to local economies by the Great Recession by protecting local pubs.
Infographic: A Guided Tour of the New Economy Infographic: A Guided Tour of the New Economy
What will the transition to a "new economy" really look like? To find out, explore this interactive infographic from the group New England New Economy Transition.
Remembering Chokwe Lumumba Remembering Chokwe Lumumba
by Laura Flanders
Can you be a revolutionary and a mayor? Chokwe Lumumba—who spent eight months as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, before he died—did his best to be both.
A Passion for Peppers: The Movement to Save New Mexico's Treasured Chiles A Passion for Peppers: The Movement to Save New Mexico's Treasured Chiles
by Nina Bunker Ruiz
New Mexico's traditional landrace chile varieties have adapted to hot days, cold nights, and long dry spells. But can they survive modern agribusiness?
How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive
by Erin L. McCoy
Produce auctions are getting fresh vegetables into food deserts, building community, and helping rural farmers earn a living.
After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy
by Laura Flanders
The people of New York’s poorest borough fought to ensure that redevelopment of its castle-like landmark will benefit those who live there. Will it be a gamechanger?
The Economy of Smallness: Making Economic Exchange a Loving Human Interaction The Economy of Smallness: Making Economic Exchange a Loving Human Interaction
by Abby Quillen
Philadelphia restauranteur and local economies movement leader Judy Wicks on making good and doing good.
Main Street Comeback: How Independent Stores are Thriving (Even in the Age of Amazon) Main Street Comeback: How Independent Stores are Thriving (Even in the Age of Amazon)
by Fran Korten
Despite behemoths like Starbucks and Amazon, the number of independent bookstores, coffeeshops, and other businesses is growing.
Mountain Grown: Appalachia's New Local Food Economy Mountain Grown: Appalachia's New Local Food Economy
by Erin L. McCoy
Hungry for okra, collards, and trout? In Appalachia, you can now get all your soul food cravings from local farmers.
What the US Can Learn From Africa’s Booming Economy What the US Can Learn From Africa’s Booming Economy
by Imara Jones
Seven out of the ten fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Behind that is a surge in healthy young people and an emphasis on local markets.
Like Shopping at Local Businesses? Now You Can Invest in Them, Too Like Shopping at Local Businesses? Now You Can Invest in Them, Too
by David Rutherford
A newly formed company based in Seattle makes it easy to put your money to work in the local economy.
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