A fresh angle on the effect of built form on workers in this essay from Shelterforce.
Sprawl vs. unions. The three very different stories of the building trades in Atlanta, Denver, and Portland, Ore., show just how much urban development patterns affect workers
image: Andrei Dragusanu/Flickr
We enjoyed learning about the solidarity economy this afternoon via a piece in Dissent. Such an economy involves working to give rather than take. The inspiration for the localized, cooperative spirit in this approach to commerce comes from diverse sources, including Quebec, and resonates with a down-to-earth good sense. Seems to be working for Reading, Pennsylvania.
The entire editorial staff at suburban-poverty.com would like to go away from Mississauga and live somewhere that has both solidarity and goats. But then, we would, wouldn’t we? The point is to search for and enact alternatives.
See also: (578) Star Trekonomics
Two principals from the Brookings Institution are staffing a project called The Metropolitan Revolution. There is material from a book of the same name, a blog, an iPad app and more on the site which concerns itself with “how cities and metros are fixing our broken politics and fragile economy.” Top notch content as far as the governing of realities of American cities and metros are concerned. Suburban-poverty.com was impressed with this item on Denver, CO.
Despite the best of intentions of parents, social workers, teachers, the entire village it takes to raise a child, poverty gets at some children eventually, magnifying all the challenges of growing up. This particular item, from Denver, Colorado renews the reality for us at suburban-poverty.com in a way that yet another piece about once middle class people demoted to food banks in depressive times would not. A teacher in a suburb of western Denver undertakes to teach a lesson in what homelessness might be like and discovers she has students already pretty much living it. Her school board now has a homeless liaison person on its staff and the numbers of families with school age children facing precarious situations in housing and employment there are way up.
Both items from tolerance.org – a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center