Can the U.S. Build its Way Out of COVID-19 Recession?
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Fighting COVID-19 Recession with Infrastructure: With the economy shut down as the nation increasingly shelters in place, fiscal policy alone is not enough to counter a coronavirus recession. The best way to fight it is developing the nation’s infrastructure, from improving broadband access to expanding the energy grid. By making infrastructure more expansive and efficient, not only would the U.S. finally bring itself up to par with other developed nations, but also it would increase energy efficiency, create jobs, and improve accessibility. (Shai Kivity | World Economic Forum)
Bringing Beauty to Denver’s Streets: Laura Aldrete stepped in as executive director of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department in a time of unprecedented growth. With a background in cultural anthropology and urban planning, she brings a global perspective to city-building. This makes her approach to urban beauty a well-rounded perspective that also includes economic development, climate resilience, equity, and affordability. From small-area plans to ADUs to solar roofs, she has been spending the past three years developing a unique vision for Denver. (Kasey Cordell | 5280)
Is COVID-19 Accelerating Automation: With a coronavirus recession worsening an economy driven majorly by in-person jobs, informal work, and under-employment, the future of many jobs is at a crossroads. Because of new innovations such as open source furniture, which you can 3D print yourself, or brick-laying robots, we could be on the verge of human-free production and construction. These technologies have already begun to creep slowly into our economy, but will the pandemic provide more reason to expand these technologies more rapidly? (Fabian Dejtiar | ArchDaily)
50 Years of Minnesota’s Grocery Activism: Minnesota’s Cooperative Grocers network has more than 50 food co-ops listed, more than twice as many as California. Minnesota’s countercultural activists of the 1970s promoted a new ecological consciousness, participatory democracy, and sustainable local economies, thus leading to the creation of the co-op. These entities stem from and support local communities, and by providing opportunities for participatory democracy within hyper-local communities, co-ops operate a market without attempting to maximize profit at any cost. (Craig Upright | City Pages)
Quote of the Week
If there is a lesson to be learned, it is this: the aftermath of calamity is dangerous too. We must all be vigilant; a sickness of the body can also poison the mind of the body politic.
–Miri Rubin in The Conversation discussing the aftermath of plague and famine in Europe during the middle ages.
This week on the podcast, Lindiwe Rennert of Boston’s Department of Transportaiton talks about transit priority on Warren Street in Boston.
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- WI Daily: 329 New COVID-19 Cases - Urban Milwaukee - Mar 7th, 2021
- WI Daily: 206 New COVID-19 Cases - Urban Milwaukee - Mar 6th, 2021
- Surprising No One, Senator Johnson Votes Against Relief for Wisconsin Workers and Families - Opportunity Wisconsin - Mar 6th, 2021
- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes to Pass the American Rescue Plan and Support Wisconsin - U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin - Mar 6th, 2021
- WI Daily: 350 New COVID-19 Cases - Urban Milwaukee - Mar 5th, 2021
- DHS and Laboratory Partners Identify Variant Strain B.1.351 of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Mar 5th, 2021
- Many South Side Seniors Now Eligible for Vaccination at Kosciuszko Community Center - Sup. Sylvia Ortiz-Velez - Mar 5th, 2021
- State Vaccine Hotline Up and Running - Graham Kilmer - Mar 5th, 2021
- County Targeting Vulnerable ZIP Codes for Vaccine - Graham Kilmer - Mar 5th, 2021
- Ron Johnson Pushes Conspiracies Ahead of Possible Third Term - Shawn Johnson - Mar 5th, 2021
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