Entrepreneurship and urban justice planned for rebirth of bankrupt Detroit

Once the mecca of the American automobile industry, Detroit has watched the foreign car market invade the American landscape and with it, the love of cars built in America.  Slowly, Detroit residents exodus the city, jobs were slashed and local leaders were left without a dime.  Today, with a population of  300,000, only 27 jobs are available per 100 people in the city.  Even with the federal bailout to insure the American auto industry’s demise, the city of Detroit never recovered.  Recent headlines pronounce bankruptcy for the Motor City, while other U.S. cities struggle not hit rock bottom along with Detroit.

But urban developers have plans to re-energize the city, promote economic growth and bring back home ownership to this once thriving metropolis.  Watch the TED video and listen to Toni Griffin, an urban planner, speaking in New York City, as she reassures audience members that entrepreneurship and implementing great change will reinvent Detroit.

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HuffPost: U.S. Public lands now emit more CO2 than they can possibly absorb, report says

A sign warns of possible hydrogen sulphide gas near oil rigs outside the Sespe Condor Sanctuary in 2004 in Los Padres National Forest, California. David McNew via Getty Images photo

By Brianna Elliott, Huffington Post

“Oil and gas drilling on public lands in the United States creates 4.5 times more carbon dioxide than that land can possibly absorb as carbon sinks, according to a report that the liberal think tank Center for American Progress …”  To read the complete article, link here.

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NJ.com: As poverty rises, legal assistance dwindles for N.J.’s poor

Capital building in Trenton, N.J. Flickr photo

By Salvador Rizzo, The Star-Ledger

Trenton, N.J. – … “Every year, hundreds of thousands of New Jersey’s poorest residents run into legal problems that threaten to derail their lives, but only one in six will get a lawyer to fight for them, according to Legal Services of New Jersey, a network of nonprofit organizations that provides free legal assistance for the poor in civil cases such as fighting evictions or securing restraining orders.” … to read the complete article, link here.

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NPR: Fishery closure puts New England’s shrimp season on ice

Northern shrimp are shoveled into a holding chamber on a trawler in the Gulf of Maine in 2012. Stocks of the shrimp have been declining for several years, leading regulators to cancel the New England shrimping season.
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By Tom Porter, NPR

… “This week, regulators shut down the New England fishery for Gulf of Maine shrimp for the first time in 35 years. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission judged the stocks of the popular shrimp, also known as northern shrimp, to be dangerously low.” … to read the complete article, link here.

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IRIN Humanitarian News: Phillippines uses cash-for-work initatives for clean up

(Tacloban, Phillippines) – “Since Tzu Chi’s first cleanup operation was announced, more than 20,000 people have participated in the cleanup operation, which is being undertaken in collaboration with municipal authorities. Enthusiastic crowds, young and old alike, have been organizing themselves in groups of 10 armed with brooms, shovels and other tools. Typoon Haiyan hit the islands of the Phillippines on November 8.  To read the complete article, link here.

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