What these early-20th-century scholars got right about 21st-century politics: Unlike many economists today, they questioned fundamental social structure

What advantages do the writers of the turn of the 20th century offer? The main difference and prime advantage, I think, lies in their holistic approach to economic and political analysis. It was holistic in the sense that they discussed the structural features of capitalism: social relations between capital owners and wage workers, distribution of national income between capital and …

Hope with the next generation

By Josh Hoxie, 10 Jan 2018 on Inequality.org “Move Along, Baby Boomers. You’ve Done Enough. In the face of countless crises, it’s time for the next generation to lead” Historians won’t look fondly on 2017. The news cycle was dominated by sexual assault, widespread anxiety, the unedited musings of a mentally unstable president, rising economic inequality, and an opioid epidemic. …

To Understand Inequality in America, Look Outside of the Cities: Catherine Flowers explains why urban templates won’t solve the problems that rural communities face in the US

By Negin Owliaei, Inequality.org, 15 Jan 2018 You can’t count on your phone’s mapping app to guide you in rural Alabama, Catherine Flowers says. A Lowndes County native, she recently had visitors try to find their way around using a GPS. The message they received from their device? That they were entering “uncharted territory.” There couldn’t be a more apt way …

Seven Slow Movements And Memes That Can Change Our Lives

It all started with slow food, a movement “that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.” Slow Food: Small, Simple, Sustainable But is is a meme …

California Bill Would Allow Unrestricted Housing by Transit, Solve State Housing Crisis

By Henry Grabar, Slate, 5 Jan 2018  Is this the best use for land around the Expo Line in Los Angeles? Payton Chung via Flickr San Francisco’s state senator, Scott Wiener, has introduced a bill that would all but abolish the city’s famously strict land use controls—and virtually every other residential zoning restriction in California’s urban neighborhoods. It’s just about the …

Why medical centers are ‘prescribing’ bike share for mental health, and bike share is being combined with digital skill-building

By Stefani Cox on BetterBikeShare.com Image courtesy of Gretchen Snethen. It’s no secret that access to bike share can help improve physical health and mobility options, but now it is also being used as a component of mental health care. Take for example the story of Scott Walters, who lives in Minneapolis with a psychiatric disability. Walters, whose name has been changed …

Better Bike Share: Medical Centers prescribing bike share for mental health, combining bike and job ed, reaching underserved areas and people with disabilities

By Stefani Cox, Better Bike Share It’s been a big year for bike share, especially among the efforts to make it accessible to low-income individuals and people of color throughout the U.S. From system expansions and an industry conference, to groundbreaking research and new dockless systems, we’ve got 10 posts from this year that show the current state of bike share …

Over 50% of peak hour taxi trips would be faster by Citi Bikes in NYC. Bikeshare systems also connect riders with public transit, extending travel options

Forbes JAN 8, 2018 Combining E-bikes And Bikeshares Is Urban Alchemy: A Winning Transit Solution For Cities, by Heather Thompson Hundreds of millions of E-bikes and millions of bikeshare bicycles are now pedaling out across the globe  E-bikes and bikeshare alone are already attractive transit option for cities. Putting them together is urban alchemy Two increasingly popular phenomena – E-bikes and …

Some progress toward phase out of support for fossil fuel projects at the World Bank, though the IFC continues

Signaling more independence from the US, the World Bank phases out its support for fossil fuels By Jason Kirk on 19 January 2018 RenewEconomy and The Conversation World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron. AP Photo/Francois Mori The World Bank, which provides developing countries about US$60 billion a year in financial assistance, is officially phasing out its support for the oil and gas industries. …

When will policymakers finally be able to access the data they need to manage streets and sidewalks in the public interest, and how will they get it?

By David Zipper, CityLab, 7 Jan 2018How, exactly, should policymakers respond to the rapid rise of new private mobility services such as ride-hailing, dockless shared bicycles, and microtransit? As I argued here several months ago, in order to answer that question city leaders will need accurate and detailed information about all urban trips—however the traveler chose to get from one place to …