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In Alaska, Climate Change Threatens to Sweep Away the Village of Newtok

theatlantic.com — Residents of Newtok, Alaska voted to relocate as erosion destroyed their land. That was the easy part. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > NEWTOK, Alaska-Two decades ago, the people of this tiny village came to terms with what had become increasingly obvious: They could no longer fight back the rising waters.
Aug 30, 2015

The village of Newtok, Alaska, needs to move or it will soon be under water, but moving may be impossible theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Aug 30, 2015

A village in Alaska voted to move from rising waters 20 years ago. It still hasn't found help to relocate. My piece: theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Aug 30, 2015

RT @drivewest: A compelling article about Newtok, AK, where climate change is real & life-threatening, from @AlanaSemuels http://t.co/udOpp…

Aug 30, 2015

Whether or not you believe in climate change, science shows that Alaska is warming 2-3 times faster than mainland US. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

A Way to Fight Gentrification

nationaljournal.com — AUSTIN, Texas-Not long ago, inner cities were riddled with crime and blight, and affluent white residents high-tailed it to the suburbs in search of better schools, safer streets, and, in some cases, fewer minority neighbors. But today, as affluent white residents return to center cities, people who have lived there for years are finding they can't afford to stay.

A New Commuter Station, Courtesy of a Corporation

nationaljournal.com — BOSTON-If you were in a generous mood, you might call the public transportation system here troubled. Otherwise, you'd call it an ancient, broke, disorganized, mess. The MBTA owes $9 billion in debt. Trains are old. They often can't run in the snow, which is problematic in a city that got 109 inches last winter.

Charging for Trash, Bag by Bag

nationaljournal.com — MALDEN, Mass.- Saving the planet can be a messy proposition. This is indelibly clear to Ron Zanazzo, who spends mornings rifling through garbage bags, looking for envelopes or documents that can identify to whom the trash belongs. "In the summer, it can be pretty disgusting," he told me matter-of-factly.

Baldwin, Michigan, Decided to Send Every Kid to College With Scholarships

theatlantic.com — Residents of Baldwin, Michigan, pooled together their money to provide scholarships for everyone, and it changed the town profoundly. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > BALDWIN, Mich.-College was never much of an option for most students in this tiny town of 1,200 located in the woods of the Manistee National Forest.
Aug 18, 2015

RT @beccarosen: What happens when a town decides to pay for college for all its kids? Powerful story from @AlanaSemuels theatlantic.com/business/archi…

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Homeless Shelters? There's a Better Way.

nationaljournal.com — America has the largest number of homeless women and children in the industrialized world. It's a depressing statistic exacerbated by a housing crisis that forced thousands of families out onto the street. The stories of the 1.6 million children who experience homelessness every year-like that of Dasani, an 11-year-old homeless child profiled by The New York Times last year-are reminiscent of tales from developing countries or disaster zones.

Welcoming the Poor to the Suburbs

nationaljournal.com — GLENVIEW, Ill.-This town boasts stellar schools, two golf courses, a children's museum, and the corporate offices of a handful of big companies, including Kraft Foods. Many wealthy, white communities like this one would not welcome an affordable housing development.

A College Without Classes

nationaljournal.com — MANCHESTER, Mich.-Had Daniella Kippnick followed in the footsteps of the hundreds of millions of students who have earned university degrees in the past millennium, she might be slumping in a lecture hall somewhere while a professor droned. But Kippnick has no course lectures. She has no courses to attend at all.

Chicago's Regional Housing Initiative

theatlantic.com — Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > This has a number of benefits. It guarantees that voucher-holders will be able to find units in good neighborhoods. It helps finance construction of mixed-income units in the suburbs, where the price of land often makes it tough to do affordable developments.
Jul 17, 2015

Chicago is asking the affluent counties that surround the city to do their part to make housing fairer - my piece. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Jul 20, 2015

Why is Chicago suburb Glenview open to low-income-housing development that many, many towns would react NIMBY-ly to?theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Recession's over: Why aren't public services coming back?

latimes.com — KANSAS CITY, Kan. - At Noble Prentis Elementary School, a classroom is crammed with 31 students and all their backpacks and books. Last year, the fifth-grade class had just 17 students, but a teaching position was cut when the school ran short of money.
Jul 17, 2015

Teachers are fleeing Kansas, according to NPR. Last year, I looked at the astounding public service cuts there. latimes.com/la-na-state-bu…

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Aug 30, 2015

Whether or not you believe in climate change, science shows that Alaska is warming 2-3 times faster than mainland US. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Aug 30, 2015

RT @drivewest: A compelling article about Newtok, AK, where climate change is real & life-threatening, from @AlanaSemuels http://t.co/udOpp…

Aug 30, 2015

A village in Alaska voted to move from rising waters 20 years ago. It still hasn't found help to relocate. My piece: theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Aug 18, 2015

The story of how one of the poorest counties in Michigan started sending most of its students to college: theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Aug 18, 2015

When a small Michigan town started marketing college to students in kindergarten, it had huge results. My piece: theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Aug 18, 2015

RT @beccarosen: What happens when a town decides to pay for college for all its kids? Powerful story from @AlanaSemuels theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Aug 14, 2015

You may think of Compton as the inner-city, but in fact, it's another example of struggling inner-ring suburbia. theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Aug 13, 2015

Economics! A modeling scout succeeds in the Midwest because there's supply (tall people) and not much competition. theatln.tc/1UEHx7u

Aug 13, 2015

RT @HungerFreeCtr: Efforts to end segregation may unintentionally take resources away from poorest communities - @AlanaSemuels explores theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Aug 13, 2015

A Harvard professor may run for the Democratic nomination with a simple platform -- no more money in politics. theatlantic.com/politics/archi…


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