Through participatory budgeting, Detroit could bring its resident’s hyper-local expertise to the revitalization process. The city of Detroit is suffering. It has the highest unemployment rate of the nation’s largest cities at 23 percent, the highest poverty rate at 36.4 percent, and has been listed by Forbes as America’s most dangerous city for five years

A subway ad provides a reminder of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s second bill of rights, which called for a living wage and access to leisure. I recently saw an advertisement for Grubhub on the New York City subway. For the unfamiliar, Grubhub is a food delivery website used to place orders online. Grubhub focuses its

Roosevelt Institute Associate Director of Networked Initiatives Alan Smith and NYU student Eugenia Kim explain the Campus Network’s Rethinking Communities Initiative and how universities can promote local development.  Click here to read more about Rethinking Communities.

It’s time for the U.S. to recognize that policies to push economic growth must focus on average Americans, not “job creators.” Rampant inequality is putting the future of the American economy in peril. The financial recovery we have experienced the past few years has only led to massive gains for top earners and little to

Services like Uber and Taskrabbit may offer convenience to their customers, but they don’t provide essential protections to their workers. It’s about time we talked about pay. The disparity between the top and bottom wage-earners combined with the inability for most minimum-wage workers to earn a livable income is one of the largest causes of

Anchor institutions like universities and hospitals have the power to establish a living wage and a stronger economy. The New York Times is reporting that President Obama plans to sign an executive order requiring workers under federal contractors to be paid at least $10.10 per hour. This move will be a key point in tonight’s State of

A model of corporate governance that brings in employees and other stakeholders alongside shareholders could ensure corporations make decisions based on more than stock prices. At this point, saying that inequality in the United States is a problem is almost cliché. There is plenty of data illustrating the extent of inequality. Proposed solutions range from

Efforts to promote economic development must shift to the local level, but they can’t overlook some of the biggest players in these communities. At a press conference yesterday, President Obama told the story of his time organizing in Chicago and highlighted the work local communities do to support their neighbors and prepare them to be

With Congress gridlocked, we must look to local governments to pursue more innovative strategies for promoting equal opportunity. Americans don’t believe in guaranteed equal outcomes, but we do believe in equal opportunity and the ability to achieve a decent livelihood if one works hard. Unfortunately, the United States, despite being the world’s largest economy, is

The Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network is launching a new project next month to analyze how anchor institutions such as colleges and universities affect their local economies, and help those institutions make changes for the better. With the social contract failing many Americans, the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network has undertaken a new project to