Trumping Up Our Trains

Trumping Up Our Trains

Every time the train derails, my mother begs me to stay put. But how can I? Along the densely populated eastern seaboard, your life is structured around transport. Not everyone can live in New York City or Washington D.C., so millions of people who work there commute...
Fighting Inequality at the Local Level

Fighting Inequality at the Local Level

Inequality isn’t a condition. It’s a creation. Inequality is produced by thousands of decisions deliberately made by bosses, bankers, and big shots to siphon money and power from the many to the few. We see Wall Street and Washington doing this, but the...
Build It and Bikes Will Come

Build It and Bikes Will Come

Did you see the baseball movie Field of Dreams? Even if you didn’t, you’ve probably heard the phrase “If you build it, they will come” — which it immortalized. Well, how about “If you don’t build it, they won’t come”?...
Keeping Up with the Transit Turnaround

Keeping Up with the Transit Turnaround

Residents of Lawrence, Massachusetts — a city of more than 77,000 people 30 miles north of Boston — can finally do something that many people take for granted: ride a bus downtown. As the Eagle-Tribune in the nearby town of North Andover reported, before July 1 you...
Crashing the GDP

Crashing the GDP

At 9 p.m. on June 12, there was a collision on the freeway between Baltimore and D.C. The first car, a beige Prius. The second, a gigantic 18-wheeler tearing down I-95. The truck knocked the Prius sideways, sending it spiraling down the road and into the guardrail,...