Highway congestion, America’s Soviet bread line problem, needs a price

By Stephen Crim, Mobility Lab – April 7, 2016  How are America’s roadways like Soviet bread lines? Both are crowded and time-consuming because individuals aren’t paying the right value for the things they want. Congestion pricing offers a solution. In the middle of the 20th century, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, people saw healthy doses of propaganda about the material benefits that …

When Affirmative Action Was White: Who really got hand-outs

By IRA KATZNELSON in the New York Times, 12 Aug 2017  Jeff Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee 20 years ago that affirmative action irritated people (he meant white people) because it could cause them to lose opportunities “simply because of their race.” This sense of grievance lies behind the Justice Department’s recent memo seeking lawyers to investigate “race-based discrimination” in …

Sanders Introduces Bill Aimed at Ending ‘Tragic’ Youth Unemployment Crisis

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 1 Aug 2017 “Today, we spend some $80 billion a year to lock up our fellow Americans instead of investing in our young people, and in jobs and education for them,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote in a Mic op-ed published on Tuesday. (Photo: John Pemble/cc/flickr) “The time is long overdue for us to start …

McKinsey on the transport transition – even low density cities will benefit from $2-3,000 per resident by making the shift

McKinsey.com, June 2017 Autonomous vehicles, electric powertrains, vehicle sharing, and other advances are transforming urban mobility. Planning ahead can help cities capture the benefits of the shift, from cleaner air to easier journeys. The way that  people get around cities is changing dramatically. Technological advances and new transportation services are making it possible for city dwellers to cross town ever more …

Co-Creating Policy, re-writing the rules that govern economic systems from the grassroots up

Sometimes it isn’t enough to change the way you play. Sometimes you have to change the game itself, and the Localist movement is re-writing the rules that govern economic systems from the grassroots up. By drafting, advocating for and implementing policy, a broad cross-section of entrepreneurs, policymakers, economic development professionals and community members are transforming the legal structures that undergird …

The old are eating the young: Around the world, a generational divide is worsening.

By Satyajit Das, Bloomberg View, 13 June 2017 Pay up.  Photographer: Yui Mok/PA Images Edmund Burke saw society as a partnership between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born. A failure to understand this relationship underlies a disturbing global tendency in recent decades, in which the appropriation of future wealth and …

Easy energy use cuts of 29% available for US commercial and government buildings

June 26th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill  A new report by the US Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has concluded that widespread use of building controls across the country could cut energy consumption by an average of 29%, or the equivalent electricity used by 12 to 15 million Americans. US Energy Department’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) investigated …

Growing cycling and walking adds to Vancouver’s downtown and business income

By Roy L Hales, on the ECOreport. 26 June 2017 Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends …

What is a good Anthropocene? How do people describe and what solutions are some solutions they’ve shared?

These definitions of ‘Good Anthropocenes were submitted to goodanthropocene.net in South Africa as part of their worldwide seeds effort.  Reviewing, discussing and adding your perspective is a great activity for groups of any size, down to families, households, congregations, communities and neighborhoods. Use and management of natural resources occurs at the level, and traditional knowledge on which can build on …