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The "Unusual" Yet Ubiquitous Left-Right Alliance: Towards an Anti-Establishment Center. By Sam Husseini. Every time you have this convergence of progressives and conservatives against the establishment, it's regarded as "unusual" "odd" or "bizarre"... There are in fact two "centers" - one that is pro-war and Wall Street (the establishment center) - and another that is pro-peace and populist (the anti-establishment center). More >>

Unburnable Fuels: Removing Reserves From The Balance Sheet. By Micha Tomkiewicz. Several recent reports suggest that markets are now overlooking the risk of "unburnable carbon." The share prices of oil, gas and coal companies depend in part on their reserves. The more fossil fuels a firm has underground, the more valuable its shares. But what if some of those reserves can never be dug up and burned? More >>

Restructuring the Global Economy. By Lester R. Brown. There has been more growth in world population since 1950 than during the preceding four million years -- from when we first stood upright. I don't think we have yet grasped the dimensions of the consequences of the sort of population growth that we are experiencing. More >>

Livability and Community Renewal. By Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Recently (on the Charlie Rose show) Bette Midler was asked what she would do if she had an opportunity to start her career anew. What would she choose if she weren't an entertainer? And without missing a beat, she said she would be an urban planner. More >>

Creating Livable 21st Century Cities, Part 1. By Karen Walz. Livability. Smart growth. Sustainability. These are some of the phrases politicians, urban planners, developers and others use when describing the future of American communities. The words used by residents are more direct: safe, clean, affordable, friendly, with good jobs. More >>

Part 2, Creating Livable 21st Century Cities. By Karen Walz. What makes a livable city? What lessons can be learned from today's cities so the cities of the future are both livable and sustainable? In this article, the examination of major postwar cities in the United States continues with an assessment of the characteristics that define these cities and distinguish them from older major cities. More >>

Part 3, Creating Livable 21st Century Cities. By Karen Walz. As we begin the 21st century, it is clear that emerging technologies and changes in the economy will have a significant impact on the shape of our urban areas. At the same time, the long-term viability of these areas will depend on the locational choices made by millions of individuals and businesses, choices that will be based on the same question as in past centuries - is this city a good place to live and conduct business? This series of articles explores the factors that help answer that question. More >>

Part 4, Creating Livable 21st Century Cities. By Karen Walz. While the term 'livable community' often evokes an image of pleasant neighborhoods, inviting parks and friendly people, a city's economic health is equally important to its livability. Without jobs, few residents will choose to remain in those neighborhoods. Without thriving businesses, the local government will be unlikely to have the tax base to maintain those parks. Continuing economic vitality is also an important part of a community's sustainability over the long term. More >>

Art, Nature & Recycling. By Reena Kazmann. Whether you think of your household garbage or your local landfill, chances are good that what comes into your mind's eye is not a pretty picture. But there's beauty to be found everywhere, and so its not really surprising that a growing number of talented and committed artists, designers, architects, and builders are converting old stuff that would have gone to landfills into a wide array of useful and beautiful products. More >>

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