There Are Simply Not Enough Places For Low-Income Americans To Live

The rent is too damn high If you care about rising income inequality, you should care about housing affordability. What people pay in rent as a percentage of their incomes has a lot to do with whether they can invest in other parts of their lives, including education and training that allows them to move…

This College Wants To Be The First 100% Renewable Campus In The U.S.

 After a long process of implementing energy-efficiency measures and installing solar arrays and battery storage, Maui College is ready to cut ties with fossil fuels forever. BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI – Published March 19, 2018     In 2015, the state of Hawaii committed to converting 100% of its energy supply to renewables by 2045. It’s…

Can London Become a People-Centric Smart City?

 “That’s no easy step—it involves investment in human beings, not just systems,” says the city’s newly-appointed chief digital officer.   BY Tanvi Misra – Published March 19, 2018 In his speech at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, London Mayor Sadiq Khan cautioned the world about the perils of the ongoing tech revolution: Social media has…

What Airbnb Did to New York City

Airbnb’s effects on the city’s housing market have been dramatic, a report suggests. And other cities could soon see the same pattern. BY ALASTAIR BOONE – Published March 5, 2018     There are two kinds of horror stories about Airbnb. When the home-sharing platform first appeared, the initial cautionary tales tended to emphasize extreme…

WHY CITIZENS (NOT SHOPPERS) HOLD THE KEY TO A BETTER WORLD

I want to re-circulate this video from The Story of Stuff Project and encourage you all to take the quiz to see what role can you play in changing the world’s economy.   “Over the past several decades, many environmental and social change efforts have come to reflect the centrality of shopping in our culture, suggesting…

Debord and Marquez at Fifty

Originally posted on andy merrifield:
Just as mainstream politics plumbs the depths, this year’s Golden Jubilee of Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude helps radical politics soar. With spellbinding brilliance both books continue to fascinate and grip readers. Each transforms the world we thought we…

BE SMART: SMART CITY FINANCE FOR YOUR CITIZENS

“A SMART CITY USES TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE SERVICES TO ITS CITIZENS AND TO DELIVER A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE IN BY TACKLING CHALLENGES SUCH AS MOBILITY, CLIMATE CHANGE, MIGRATION AND SECURITY. BUT SMART CITIES AREN’T JUST ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY.” This podcast from the European Investment Bank can be useful to know the financial…

‘Extraordinary’ month for Scottish renewable energy

Scotland had “another extraordinary month” for renewable energy in May, according to environmental groups.     Wind turbines alone provided enough electricity to supply 95% of Scottish homes. WWF Scotland analysed renewables data provided by WeatherEnergy. It also found that in several parts of Scotland, homes fitted with solar PV panels had enough sunshine to…