The popular mandate for a democratic economy in 2020

Isaiah J. Poole, Editorial Manager, The Next System Project more November 3, 2020 DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCEDEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIPMOVEMENT STRATEGY & HISTORY The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy have helped increase support for bold public policy interventions that would reverse increased wealth concentration, keep money circulating in local communities, and focus economic aid on small businesses and communities harmed by systemic …

President Trump told suburban voters that affordable housing would hurt property values and increase crime. The story of one Wisconsin community challenges those assumptions.

Residents Feared Low-Income Housing Would Ruin Their Suburb. It Didn’t. Research has shown that tax-credit properties generally do not increase crime in affluent communities. They also tend to have little effect on property values in wealthy neighborhoods Most working-age, able-bodied people receiving government assistance for housing have jobs or were recently employed, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy …

Building a carfree neighborhood in an auto-centric area

Culdesac Tempe is a 17-acre lot just across the Salt River from Phoenix. Currently a mess of dust and heavy equipment, the site will eventually feature 761 apartments, 16,000 square feet of retail, 1,000 residents — and exactly zero places for them to park. The people who live there will be contractually forbidden to park a car on site or …

City climate measures and funds would provide home retrofits along with vouchers and rebates for EVs, public transit, and special consideration of low income residents

Towns in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Southern Maine declared climate emergencies this month. The total number of declarations of climate emergency worldwide now totals 1,814 within 30 countries.  The mayor of Berkeley, California, a leading city that declared a climate emergency in 2018, is urging voters to approve Measure HH, which provides funding for the city’s Climate Equity Action Fund. …

Intense multiyear lobbying campaign by Time Warner Cable, AT&T, CenturyLink, and others to bar communities from building their own better, more affordable networks

Millions of dollars bought restrictions that encourage cable and DSL monopolies rather than new choices for residents and businesses BY LISA GONZALEZ , ILSR 3 JAN 2013  After a city in North Carolina built a Fiber-to-the-Home network competing with Time Warner Cable, the cable giant successfully lobbied to take that decision away from other cities. The city of Wilson’s decision and resulting …

3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them

by Ted Wong, Lacey Shaver, Eric Mackres and Yeou-Rong Jih – September 02, 2020, WRI,  Comments|Add Comment|Print For years, city governments in the United States have taken the lead on committing to climate action, with more than 165 cities aiming for 100% community-wide clean energy. But whether ambitious goals translate to ambitious action is another question altogether, and unfortunately we’ve seen cities fall short of their commitments before. More recently, …

Pueblo’s Renewable Energy Efforts Meets Resistance, Outspent 50:1 by IOU

By John Farrell, ILSR and Clean Technica, Sept 28, 2020 After a commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2035, the city of Pueblo realized its goal required more change than its current energy provider would enact. Jamie Valdez, community team coordinator of Mothers Out Front and volunteer with the Sierra Club, explains the challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned from facing …

How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

Charlottesville group pushes leaders to link climate goals with energy equity

By Elizabeth McGowan, US Energy News, August 18, 2020 A recent report draws attention to the extreme energy burden facing hundreds of low-income and people of color in the community. At first glance, access to affordable and secure energy doesn’t seem much of a struggle for residents of Charlottesville, Virginia. On average, households spend just over 2% of their income …

Denver City Council approves 0.25% sales tax increase, sending it to November ballot Cash from the increase would, if approved by voters, be dedicated to Denver’s renewable energy goals over the coming decades By CONRAD SWANSON | cswanson@denverpost.com | The Denver Post August 3, 2020 Denver City Council passed a measure to the November ballot Monday which would increase the city’s sales tax rate …