2015 most-read posts
The U.S. presidential race has done an amazing thing: It has made $28 trillion disappear.
That’s how much all the homes in the United States are worth. It’s one tenth of everything the U.S. owns. It’s more money than the entire economy produces in a year. And if you only listened to the presidential candidates, you’d never even know it existed . . . . [more]
Detroit is famous for a lot of things and more and more the city is becoming known for urban farming. During our week-long visit as part of the Price School’s LEAP Detroit Lab, we saw the range of urban farming and gardening first hand.
Lafayette Greens was just down the street from our hotel. It sits in the heart of downtown Detroit, appropriately (ironically?) on the site of a demolished high rise. An oasis of raised beds and fruit trees with places for office workers to sit and have lunch and charming scarecrows fashioned out of old car parts . . . . [more]
It was Thomas Jefferson who first solidified the vision of homeownership as the foundation of American democracy. He saw it as the antidote to European aristocracy, which perpetuated itself by keeping land in the hands of the nobility. Jefferson’s radical proposal would have given 50 acres of land to every free person in his home state of Virginia.
This particular dream was never realized . . . . [more]
The Los Angeles River presents an intoxicating vision of change for Los Angeles
A much-anticipated plan for the river would do more than just remove the concrete channel that for a long time erased the waterway from public memory. The 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan imagines connecting a newly verdant river to surrounding open spaces, potentially creating a vital network of shared public spaces that would provide substantial health benefits to nearby communities as well as create a signature project that would define Los Angeles for decades to come . . . . [more]