National Politics


2015: A Summer of Discontent

Posted August 27, 2015 by

The summer of 2015 has seen the American people expressing sharp discontent with the status quo. On the right, we have Donald Trump. On the left, we have Bernie Sanders, ongoing protests by Black Lives Matter, and the continued push
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Vets May Suffer From Sen. McCain’s Latest Captivity      

Posted August 25, 2015 by Suzanne Gordon

Earlier this summer, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had the chutzpah to question John McCain’s military record. “He’s not a war hero. I don’t like people who were captured,” Trump asserted, because of McCain’s experience as a prisoner of war
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THC's Galvin Apts, low-income housing in SOMA amidst sea of condos

Neighborhoods Need Economic Diversity

Posted August 20, 2015 by

As I detailed in “NY Times Gets Tenderloin Wrong,” the paper’s claim that “nowhere is the inequality gap as concentrated — and as evident — as in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood” is completely false. Not only did its supporting evidence 
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Cyclist age-adjusted mortality rate and cyclist proportion of all motor vehicle-related deaths in the U.S. from 1975 to 2012. Click to enlarge. Graph: CDC

Traffic Violence a Public Health Issue?

Posted August 20, 2015 by Brad Aaron

What if the United States treated traffic violence like the public health issue it is? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that would entail building bike infrastructure and slowing down drivers. Last week the CDC released a
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Futurism: Did They Get It Right?

Posted August 17, 2015 by Stephen Fesler

We’re all familiar with vintage cartoons like The Jetsons (Orbit City) and Batman (Gotham City) that depict an urban futurism that seems, now, all too unlikely — at least in the way they were originally conceived. But recently, a classic
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Why Pretty Princess Turned Bitter

Posted August 13, 2015 by Valerie Elyse Haberman

When I was young, before I was overweight, jaded, and slutty, life truly was a bowl of cherries. I recall a time in which I used to force my older brother to ditch his wrestling figure toys to play a
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