What Legalizing Street Vending Could Do for L.A.’s Local Economy
by Daniel RossFeb 23, 2016
- Los Angeles is one of few U.S. cities where street trade isn’t widely permitted. But for immigrants and low-income people, it’s often the only way to earn a living.
100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years
by Richard HeinbergFeb 22, 2016
- It will take at least three decades to completely leave behind fossil fuels. But we can do it. And the first step is to start with the easy stuff.
The Hidden, Very Good Reason for the $10 Oil Tax
by Arun GuptaFeb 18, 2016
- Doomed as it may be, an oil tax is a step toward redefining energy as a public good—for which everyone pays the cost of overuse and abuse.
The Economy We Want Starts With a Constitutional Amendment
by Keith HarringtonFeb 12, 2016
- A more democratic and equal election system is the first step toward a more democratic and equal economy.
Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program
by Rebecca NathansonFeb 05, 2016
- This neighborhood made gardens out of vacant lots to tackle gentrification and high youth unemployment.
The Pipeline Strikes Back: The Audacity of TransCanada's $15B Suit Against the U.S.
by Jim ShultzFeb 03, 2016
- The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?
In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity
by Marcus Harrison GreenJan 28, 2016
- As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.
Why Young Latinos in Rural California Support Sanders
by Olivia RodriguezJan 25, 2016
- In California’s predominantly Spanish speaking Eastern Coachella Valley, younger Latinos are showing support for Sanders, upending the narrative that his appeal does not extend beyond white voters.
A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Low-Income Students
by Abigail Savitch-LewJan 25, 2016
- Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.
Half of America’s Workforce Has No Retirement Plan—But Illinois Has a Fix
by Marcus Harrison GreenJan 22, 2016
- Economists see the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, designed for private-sector workers, as an innovative complement to Social Security.
Uber’s Immigrant Drivers Look Forward to Better Pay—and Bigger Voice
by Ana Sofia KnaufJan 08, 2016
- A union for Seattle Uber drivers means finally having the right to a two-way conversation with their multibillion-dollar employer.
What’s the New Economy Look Like? Here’s What Our Artists Did With Your Ideas
by Kate AronoffJan 07, 2016
- Pictures of windmills and farmers markets are great, but they don’t capture the diversity and radicalism of the movement. So we asked readers like you for poster ideas and handed them over to two of our favorite artists.
Income Inequality Is a Health Hazard—Even for the Rich
by Yessenia FunesJan 04, 2016
- A public health researcher explains why life expectancy in the United States is falling, and it has to do with income inequality rising.
Project Fatherhood: Uniting the Men of LA’s Toughest Communities
by Daniel RossDec 30, 2015
- In the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Project Fatherhood helps end the cycle of absent fathers and gives men a place to discuss what it means to be dads, partners, and sons in one of the city's roughest areas.
Was 2015 the Year Big Food Began to Lose Its Sway?
by Andy BellattiDec 24, 2015
- Companies like Coca-Cola and Monsanto were called out for conflicts of interest, leaving many in the public health sector to wonder if next year transparency might become the new normal.