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Why Does the (White) Lower Middle Class Vote Republican?

During the 2008 Presidential election, 51% of white voters who earned less than $50,000<p>a year voted for John McCain. The Pew Research Center reported that, during the 2012 election, the GOP held a 54 percent to 37 per cent advantage over Democrats among whites without a college degree -- which …

Income Inequality

Exxon Confirmed Global Warming Consensus in 1982 with In-House Climate Models

Steve Knisely was an intern at Exxon Research and Engineering in the summer of 1979 when a vice president asked him to analyze how global warming …

An Unusual Objection to Less Parking: It Will Make Our City Too Nice

Opposition to Champaign’s new relaxed parking requirement is actually a powerful case in its favor.<p>Last week the college town of Champaign, Illinois, joined an increasing number of cities that have relaxed parking requirements on new residential development. The idea in Champaign, as elsewhere, is …

19 Stunning Photos of National Parks in the Fall

Warning: These photos will inspire your next road trip.<p>There's no better place to witness the turning of the seasons than in our country's beautiful national parks. These bucolic spaces (and one parkway!) may inspire you to grab your family, pack up the car, and take advantage all that autumn has …

California, the new city state

California is rightly regarded as one of the bluest — that is, most Democratic — and most liberal states in the nation. But California's political complexion is increasingly so distinctive that it should demand an entirely new coloration.<p>A sample of the liberal laws and administrative policies …

Online And In Person, Bernie Sanders’ White Supporters Advance A Black Lives Matter Conspiracy

At a recent Bernie Sanders event, Dave, a white fiftysomething in a Grateful Dead hat, offered an explanation for Black Lives Matter, the activist group that had interrupted Sanders just hours earlier in Seattle.<p>They weren’t activists. They were “agent provocateurs,” Dave said, sent by the …

Black Lives Matter

San Francisco's affordability crisis has an unlikely villain

Maybe it was like moving to Los Angeles if you wanted to be a movie star: If you wanted to be part of the grand project of reconstructing the American Left in the petri dish of a single city, San Francisco beckoned.<p>The quirky, counter-cultural San Francisco so many of us fell in love with is almost …

San Francisco

The real reason American public transportation is such a disaster

<i>This article is part of a</i> <i>series about the past, present, and future of commuting in America</i><i>.</i><p>The US spends a <i>ton</i> of money on public transportation. So why is it so terrible?<p>American buses, subways, and light rail lines consistently have lower ridership levels, fewer service hours, and longer waits …

How $500 Million Turned Car-Centric Indianapolis Into a More Walkable City

Low-slung homes, green lawns and no sidewalks: Many neighborhoods just outside downtown Indianapolis showcase the suburban ideal of the 1950s and …

How to make Los Angeles more affordable and more livable

There is no easy answer for the housing affordability crisis in Los Angeles. But embracing growth rather than fighting it can create a city for everyone, not just the most fortunate among us.<p>For much of the last 40 years, planning in Los Angeles has been guided by the idea that growth is bad, that …

Work begins on Chicago's first 'shared street'

Construction is beginning on Chicago's first "shared street" project that will transform a three-block stretch of Argyle Street in Uptown into a European-style plaza boulevard where pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles must learn to co-exist in one wide, curb-less lane, city officials said …

It's a Trend: More Businesses Are Choosing Downtowns and Walkable Locations

As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle.<p>In some cases, as with hospitality giant Marriott, the preference is being …

The 20 Creepiest Things You Can Whisper In Someone's Ear When Giving Them A Hug

Consumer Tech

A Single Guy Quit His Job And Spent A Year Interviewing Couples In Love - This Is The Best Relationship Advice He Learned

Nate Bagley says he was sick of hearing love stories that fell into one of two categories - scandal and divorce, and unrealistic fairytale.<p>So he …

How Curitiba's BRT stations sparked a transport revolution – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 43

Photograph: Sharifulin Valery/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis<p>Jaime Lerner gave the stations a distinctive look by placing them in futuristic glass tubes.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/22/1432311616453/de1c4d79-5844-42ed-b043-f0c6f3b0911a-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

The GOP and ALEC’s War on Cities

Few ideas are more powerful in U.S. politics than local control. ... Conservatives rage at the federal government for meddling in local matters. But …

These American cities have the worst commutes

In a world where pollution, climate change, and energy supplies are major problems, you might think that work and workers would be close enough to …

The Highest-Paying Jobs Of The Future Will Eat Your Life

In the future, highly skilled people will be bringing home fatter paychecks, but they’ll rarely be home long enough to spend them.<p>For a glimpse of the future of work, especially the high-paying kind, look at finance and high-tech companies. Some of the biggest offer high employee salaries combined …

White America’s Waco insanity: The shocking realities it ignores about racism & violence

<b>Booking photos of people arrested during the motorcycle gang related shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on May 17, 2015. (AP/McLennan County Sheriff's Office)</b><p>The response to the Twin Peaks shootout says everything you need to know about how white privilege really works<p>Brittney …