Economy articles


Why I’m fighting like hell to save a local Virginia coffee shop

In my head I may dream that I’m Jane Jacobs trying to save Greenwich Village from Robert Moses, but in truth my goal is much less audacious. No, I’m just one activist trying to organize a neighborhood to save a valuable treasure, its local coffee shop. Although my opposition is not as formidable as Moses,


Capital: Thomas Piketty channels Gar Alperovitz

In this excerpt from an interview with the Gothamist blog that Thomas Piketty did, he touches on the subject of property and ownership and how they can be used to democratize wealth. Q: Private property in the form of a home has always been an integral part of the American Dream. Do you think real property


Virginia cracks down on Uber and Lyft

Today the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles issued a cease and desist order to companies Uber and Lyft. The website reports that Arlington County, VA will enforce the order right away. This is probably no different than what other counties in Virginia will be doing. The problem here is really with Uber’s “Uber-X,” “Uber XL”


Google’s self-driving prototype car is here

I for one cannot wait for the day when the majority of the vehicles on the road will be self-driving.  I don’t own a car nor do I have a driver’s license, but this technology will open up a new market for people like me in the future. Even if you don’t go out and