New Economy

What It Takes to Get Women Out of Prison—and Stay Out
by Zenobia Jeffries
The rate of women in U.S. prisons is growing faster than men. But in New Orleans, one group is successfully tackling sentencing for drug use and sex work.
Worried About Rent Hikes, 301 Families Came Together to Buy Their Mobile Home Park
by Olivia Anderson, Araz Hachadourian, Christa Hillstrom
And five other creative ways Americans are stepping up to build strong local economies.
The Fix-It Shop Where Neighbors Repair Your Clothes and Electronics
by Araz Hachadourian
Three years ago, they started a program to keep salvageable goods from landfills by harnessing the community’s collective skills to fix them.
For Those Who Don’t Want to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils
by Peter White
Ranked-choice voting is catching on, and Maine might become the first state to help citizens vote for candidates they actually want.
Craft Beer vs. Budweiser: How Small Brewers Are Winning Back the Neighborhood
by A.C. Shilton
Good beer comes from collaboration, not competition. By working together, small brewers everywhere are giving corporations a run for their money.
Why Slower Money Is the Key to a Real Economic Recovery
by Keith Harrington
An exciting crop of organizations are financing businesses in a way that creates real wealth. Here are a few ways to scale them up so that they can truly challenge Wall Street.
Do Interest-Free Loans Make Sense? No, But They Do Make a Difference
by Marcus Harrison Green
Neighbors are helping crowdfund the dreams of local entrepreneurs, giving community businesses the chance to expand with interest-free loans.
These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers
by Olivia LaVecchia
Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.
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.
This NYC Real Estate Co-Op Helps Small Businesses Stay Put
by Araz Hachadourian
A New York City co-op raises $1.2 million in pledges to fight gentrification and provide affordable rent for local business owners.
How Buying the Local Post Office Will Help My Family Farm and Small Town Survive
by Shannon Hayes
I never thought farming would mean owning a post office. But looking at my community and our need to define ourselves as a place, that seems to be our family farm's next job.
These Friends from High School Bought an Abandoned Factory. Now They're Distilling Artisanal Whiskeys‏
by Samuel Dolgin-Gardner
Much as blight can be contagious, so can renewal. How grassroots community groups are saving neighborhoods and building new businesses.
Where Do “Rednecks” Really Come From? A New Museum Has the Surprising Answer
by Catherine V. Moore
Tourists spend $400 more per trip on average when their trips focus on history and culture. That could be a big opportunity for West Virginia's changing economy.
Even in a Drought, California Farms Have a Future—But They’ll Need Local Control to Succeed
by Keith Harrington
Some California farmers have discovered ways to farm that use very little water, yet thirstier methods still dominate. What gives?
One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis
by Stacy Mitchell
While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?