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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Save the Planet Thursday!

+The Detroit Free Press has a detailed and exceedingly interesting account of how Detroit went broke.

+“Fifteen years ago, East Lake Meadows, a public-housing project with 1,400 residents, was a terrifying place to live. Nine out of 10 residents had been victims of a crime. Today it is a safe community of working, taxpaying families whose children excel in the classroom.” The founder of Cousins Properties wrote a recent op/ed in The Wall Street Journal about how to save failing neighborhoods. The article is unfortunately behind a pay wall, but here's a quick take from the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Not only is his view remarkably even-headed and thoughtful, but this got published in the WSJ. Wow.

+Since I'm going to be spending a good deal of time in the next few weeks chatting about ecological economics and the "Green" economy, here's a link to the introduction to the United Nations Environmental Programme's (UNEP) most recent report on the Green economy. It's an excellent primer on what exactly should be meant by Green and Sustainable. While I'm at it, you should all buy and read this book immediately, Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution by the ecological economist Brian Czech. Don't be fooled by the ridiculous title, this is not political shock schlock. It's really an easily-understood blow-by-blow account of the history of classical and neoclassical economics and how ecological economics is really the only way to move forward without destroying the planet. Its a brilliant, fascinating, and quick read.

+But don't worry, climate change is a liberal conspiracy.

+“Country-wide, we have observed appalling habits of garbage disposal, careless littering and insufficient availability of latrines and toilets. It is embarrassing that many Ugandans go on with their day-to-day duties oblivious of the filth that engulfs them,” Vision Group Editor-in-Chief, Barbara Kaija said. Uganda's leading newspaper group, Vision Group, decides to combat the sanitation problem in the country by awarding the title of Cleanest Town to whichever Ugandan town gets its act together fastest.