Community Development & Gentrification: A Tale of Two Cities

For decades city planners, economists, and social justice advocates have wrestled with the challenge of improving blighted or low-income neighborhoods without making them unaffordable to current residents. Now it is the City Different’s turn. A refreshing break from the world of war — let’s improve our city without displacing our neighbors. Here’s where we can make…

Predatory Lending: How Does It Work & Why Can’t We Restrict It?

Industry lobbyists assert that without Pay Day Lenders, New Mexicans suffering emergency cash needs would be without resources. But as this post reveals, the truth is they prey on the vulnerable, and our legislators haven’t had the will to turn away from unscrupulous lobbyists like Raymond Chavez. The blog also includes calls to action to contact both…

War Has Consequences: A Refugee Panel Speaks

Rarely do we see the implications of our Nation’s actions face to face. But on Sunday nine refugees told their stories to an overflow crowd in Santa Fe. Their testimonials were a devastating call to action. This post provides opportunities to act in addition to details on a Town Hall on expanding early childhood education in Santa Fe.

International Day of Inspiration

Originally published the day after the Women’s March. A march is not a movement, and while yesterday was exactly the inspiration we needed after Trump’s first day, our inspiration must translate into sustained action if marches are to have enduring meaning. This post includes things you can do this week at a national, state, and local level.