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Community Solutions Podcast

Feb 22, 2019 There has been quite a stir over the recent revealing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal". What a dumpster fire. The problem is that all of this stuff will find its way to Regional Development Organizations, Counties, and Cities. Groups like the National League of Cities, the American Planning Association, and the National Association of Development Organizations take up these goals and pass it down to state and local groups. It doesn't ever have to pass at the federal level. They will just do an end run around congress and do it. This is bad, bad, bad. We finally can eradicate ourselves of the scourges of car travel, air travel, fossil fuels, non-green buildings... and it only gets worse. This plan is completely unsustainable, and radically changes the economy and structure of the United States as we know it. This is nothing but straight up socialism and will be our downfall. Normally I would say that we need to run from this, but we need to take a different tact. We need to stand up and fight. We need to push back. We need to be vocal. We need a team of 20kStrong. Please join us.

In the Local Lowdown, Duluth teachers are speaking out about an effort by the Duluth School District to ban "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and To "Kill a Mockingbird". They want to make sure that the books chosen to replace them are literary masterpieces... well not exactly. They just want to choose a book that is written by a woman. Now, before you get your feathers in a ruffle, I'm not saying there's not great literature written by women. What I'm saying, is that we have a problem when who wrote it is more important than how it's written. We have a problem when we choose to whitewash history in favor of remembering and learning from it. For once, a group of teachers don't want to stand for it.

We also discuss a recent article that praises Seattle and Minneapolis for reducing driving.  The article asks the question "How did they do it?". It's really no surprise. Minneapolis is an unnavigable nightmare, and it's all by design. We take time to explain the real reasons there is a whopping 2% reduction over 10 years.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

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