In Portland, “20-Minute Living” is the Norm

By Allison Arieff, BuildABetterBurb.org Equitable Places, Mixed-Use Development, Transit-Oriented Development Can I get a cup of coffee nearby? Can I get to work by public transit? How close is the dog park? The playground? There’s a great firm based in Portland, Oregon called Gerding Edlen that has developed a brilliant idea for urban development called “20-Minute Living.” Imagine, they explain, …

Create Life-Centered Corporations: A corporation exists only when a government has issued a charter. There is no legitimate reason for any democratically accountable government to issue a corporate charter other than to serve a public purpose.

By David Korten, December 2019. Forum: Corporations in the Crosshairs: From Reform to Redesign, Tellus Institute. Allen White’s paper has started much needed and long overdue discussion on the growing power of corporations and the essential need to deal with their abuse of that power. We live in a world in extreme crisis. By the estimates of the Global Footprint Network, the human species …

Los Angeles Asks Residents to Design Their Own Parks and Get Involved in New Mobility Solutions

 ZOE SULLIVAN     NOVEMBER 7, 2019, Next City The ribbon cutting for Golden Age Park, an intergenerational pocket park planned with the help of community members. (Photo by Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust) Land trusts have gained attention across the U.S. as a means to preserve affordable housing, but the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) has a different focus: it hones …

The Supreme Court’s departure from the constitution and democracy

No legislature, governor, or president has ever suggested that corporations should be considered “persons” for the purpose of constitutional protections, particularly under the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection rights. No federal or state legislature, no president, and no state governor has ever, in more than 240 years, suggested that billionaires and corporations have a First Amendment “right” to unlimited political bribery. Congress …

Don’t Move People Out of Distressed Places. Instead, Revitalize Them

By Richard Florida, Sept 2019 There are significant economic and social gains to people staying in place. Moving is hard on people, especially children. Losing proximity to friends and family takes its toll on well-being and life-satisfaction. Anyone who has moved a lot (like me) knows that the communities we live in, and in which we forge social and business …

Intergenerational human rights violations underway with climate breakdown

One of the aims of the lawsuits is to make apparent to companies and governments that investing in fossil fuels comes with legal and financial risks, said Ellen Dorsey, executive director of the Washington-based Wallace Global Fund, which has supported work on fossil fuel divestment. Sept 2019, Human rights threats in warming world could speed up climate action, Laurie Goering, …

By eliminating medical out-of-pocket expenses, Medicare for All would reduce headcount poverty by 19 percent, reduce the overall poverty gap by 22 percent, and increase poor people’s incomes by 29 percent

By Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project.September 14, 2019 | EDUCATE! The Census released its annual income, poverty, and health insurance statistics earlier this week. The summary report shows that 8 million of the nation’s 42.5 million poor people would not be poor if they did not have to pay medical out-of-pocket (MOOP) expenses like deductibles, copays, coinsurance, and self-payments. Medicare for All (M4A) virtually eliminates these kinds …

As the World Burns: Seeing life as expendable

The people at the helm, around the world, would watch us all burn rather than shake up the way things are, as long as they can be the last ones standing atop the wreckage. If we want to do more than watch those fires helplessly, we are going to have to demand much better, and fast. Catastrophes in the Amazon …

How can cities consider mental health in green space planning?

By Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz in Smart Cities Dive, July 25, 2019 A new paper from an international team of researchers says that cities should consider mental health benefits as they plan nature spaces in cities. The paper, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, offers a framework for cities to incorporate and measure mental health benefits from parks, tree plantings and other green spaces.  “In …