The Unequal Distribution of Waste Processing Sites in the U.S.

Imagine being unable to walk your local streets without feeling a tightness building up in your chest. Imagine looking outside your window and seeing mountains of waste seemingly extending up to the clouds. And, finally, imagine being unable to escape the constant noise and exhaust of diesel trucks passing through your community to feed those ominous trash mountains. These scenarios are just the tip of the iceberg for people living in countless minority communities across the United States, where waste processing facilities are disproportionately situated. Unbeknownst to many, this injustice…

Has the MTA Become Too Expensive for the Public?

For the 8 million residents who call New York City home, mass transportation is an important aspect of city life. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority provides subway and bus service throughout the five boroughs. However, MTA fare hikes are painfully common occurrences. Seemingly everyday news breaks that the MTA is once again planning to increase the fare of using mass transportation. These fare hikes are simply unjustified by the quality of services and facilities provided, such as stations, bathrooms and train operation. In order to rectify the issue, the MTA must…

New York’s Most Disruptive Tenant: Airbnb

“Airbnb and home-sharing are here to stay, and it’s a matter of time before we fix this law.” – Nick Papas, Director of Public Affairs at Airbnb   What if you needed the government’s permission every time you let your friends crash for the night? Say you received a notice claiming you were operating an “illegal hotel” for not obtaining clearance to let your out-of-town family stay over for the week. Would you argue there’s a line to be drawn? Friends? Friends of friends? Complete strangers? There’s a war going…