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Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

The Faithful Shopper: Casual Gems

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 07.29.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Anyone who knows me knows I love jewelry, from the simple to the stunning. And recently, we've had a slew of new and established jewelers opening arou...

Walgreens and Inversion, Where the Tea Party and Liberals Unite

Don McNay | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Don McNay

The ideal way to implement change is to wait for Congress to change the laws. The most efficient way for an American citizen to make their anger felt is by boycotting Walgreens.

Why A Walgreens Boycott Could Be A Wakeup Call For Washington

Don McNay | Posted 09.12.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Walgreens becoming a "foreign" company is a slap in the face to Americans for a number of reasons. As Sorkin noted, they received $16.7 billion from Medicare and Medicaid last year, which is about 25 percent of its corporate revenues.

In Praise of the Great American Main Street

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

While some Main Streets seem well past their prime, others remain thriving to this day. Why? A lot of it has to do with the towns and cities in which they are located, of course; it's hard to have a well-functioning Main Street in a down-and-out community. But there are also elements of design and context that matter.

Behemoth in a Bathrobe: A Dialogue

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

I am that still, small voice -- inside, at the back -- that says, "I can." And I've pushed my way to the front, because, even a dozen years after 9/11, "the day everything changed," I'm hearing, "I can't." What has happened to us?

Bringing Sustainability to Life on Main Street

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Context is everything: A so-called "green" building won't be green in its performance if it's in the wrong place, contributing to suburban sprawl and requiring people to drive long distances to get to and from it.

The Bottom-Line Patterns of Urban Street Design

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

A recent collaboration suggests that we should explicitly recognize historic patterns of pedestrian city settings in contemporary urban design and pol...

Too Often, American Justice Is Injustice

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.

Let's Grow Wall Street and Main Street Together in 2014

Frank Islam | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

We have an economy that is currently distributing income and benefits quite well to about 20 percent -- especially to the top 1 percent -- but an economy that is doing little for the middle class and below -- the 80 percent.

A Who's Who of Historic Preservation Organizations

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
National Trust for Historic Preservation

By Sarah Heffern Elizabeth Vehmeyer, of the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program, learns surveying techniques in Alexandr...

The Image of Urban Vitality: Is It Really Just Skyscrapers?

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
National Trust for Historic Preservation

By Mike Powe and Jeana Wiser, Preservation Green Lab View of Manhattan from Brooklyn. When you picture the heart of a thriving city, what image com...

America's Best Main Streets

Fodor's | Posted 03.13.2014 | Travel
Fodor's

Friendly neighbors, family-run businesses, and quaint restaurants serving comforting diner fare--these are the images conjured up by the phrase "Main ...

The Debt Ceiling: What's Good for the Public Goose Is Good for the Private Gander

Brian Czech | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Brian Czech

If we want the right-sized government, then we'd generally want a growing government as the American economy grows.

Books for Our Times: This Town by Mark Leibovich

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Sadly, the book confirms our worst suspicions of how our nation's capital works -- or rather, doesn't. It also reflects a news media failing in its watchdog function. Still, there is hope beyond the book's negative portrait, about which, more later.

Five Years After the Financial Crisis: A View From Main Street

B. Dan Berger | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
B. Dan Berger

This is just another example of the banks putting their self-interest ahead of consumers and our nation. If the credit union tax exemption were to be eliminated, the repercussions on our economy and consumers would be catastrophic.

Obama and Holder's "Too Big to Jail" sticks it to Main Street

Don McNay | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Don McNay

I've been a fierce critic of Wall Street and especially the Wall Street bailouts. If you study my writing over the years, there is one bank that get...

Hispanic Heritage Month: 10 Ways to Connect Main Street and Hispanic Communities

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 11.24.2013 | Latino Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month this year (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), communities across the country are honoring the many contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have made both to our nation and to their own cities and towns.

Books for Our Times: Capital by John Lanchester (a Novel)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.19.2013 | Books
Carla Seaquist

To understand the motivation of the financial types who brought down the economy in 2008, where better to go than the novel? Nonfiction gives us facts and their fallout, but novels (and plays) probe motivation.

As Americans Struggle to Climb Economic Ladder, Corker-Warner GSE Reform Effort Falls Badly Short

John Taylor | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
John Taylor

This is a perilous time for opportunity in America. The housing crisis, which stemmed from a terrible confluence of malfeasant lending, Wall Street ma...

Quantitative Easing: An Addiction That Makes Cold Turkey Inevitable, but Timing Will Be Key

Michael Kay | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Michael Kay

Commentary and debates from some of the most talented brains in economics reveal a myriad of differing opinions surrounding orthodox and unorthodox monetary policy, but one fact we can be certain about -- QE cannot last forever.

Will Main Street ever trust Washington again?

Don McNay | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Don McNay

"You know you cannot trust them They know they can't trust you." -Steve Goodman (Jimmy Buffett) "Now Watergate does not bother me Does your conscien...

Not Becoming an Oldies Act

Don McNay | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Don McNay

It's more than not being afraid. It's the confidence to follow your gut instincts and vision, no matter what is the prevailing or conventional wisdom.

RNC PR BS

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party is at a crossroads. It could modernize some of its positions and attitudes, in a bid to stay relevant to national politics in 21st century America. Or it could shrink to becoming a party of the South, the Plains, and a dwindling portion of the Mountain West.