Detroit is Not Enormous: Size, Revenue, and the City’s Ongoing Crisis

As the Detroit metropolitan region sprawled throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, the city’s physical boundaries remained unchanged. As a result, the city of Detroit is isolated from much of the wealth of the region and must either fund basic services through debt or choose to go without. In order to stabilize the city’s finances and alleviate the many crises that Detroit’s impoverished residents face, the broader metropolitan region should embrace a regional tax with revenues funneled to the central city. Unfortunately, Michigan’s response to Detroit’s financial crisis has been to undemocratically enforce austerity without addressing the city’s long-term revenue needs.

Providing Free Health Care to Egypt’s Poor: The Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation

In 2008, after decades of international recognition, world-renowned Egyptian-British heart surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub decided to redirect his efforts to his country of birth. With a frail economy and coronary heart disease being the leading cause of death in Egypt, Yacoub saw a dire need to raise the health care standards and bring essential treatment to those most in need.

OP-ED: We Need to Clean Up Our Trash

Annually, only about a quarter of American electronic waste is recycled responsibly, or in other words, not exported or landfilled. The remaining waste—much of it toxic—often ends up overseas where it is processed by children and other workers in unsafe conditions, causing health and environmental problems. Instead, we should be recycling this electronic waste in the US, where we have the proper technology and regulations to do so without causing harm to people or the environment.