If you follow U.S. 1 to the very end of the Florida peninsula, veer onto Card Sound Road, and make your way through the mangrove swamps, you’ll find it. A wooden shanty with a roof but no walls: an open-air bar and restaurant. It’s the very last place on the U.S. mainland. And it’s called Alabama Jack’s.
Give Good Works, a Wynwood thrift store and charity, gives your old and gently used items a second chance. However, the point is to give people a second chance. Jennifer Rousseau, who works at the store, transformed her life with the help of the shop’s founder Heather Klinker.
“A lot of people would have given up on us girls,” said Rousseau. “Heather didn’t. She kept going. She’s a hero to me. I love her.”
A controversial agreement between Palm Beach County and developers is finally producing reduced-price homes for low- to middle-income families.
It’s just not happening fast enough.
In 2006, at the height of South Florida’s building boom, the county decided to set aside affordable housing for its workforce. So it struck what sounded like a sweet deal for developers: they could build more houses than usual within certain areas, provided they knock down some prices.
09/18/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents discusses the future of 21st Century democracy and capitalism, with University of Massachusetts professor emeritus and author Richard Woolf. For more than 25 years, he’s developed a new approach for an economy aimed at promoting “workers’ self-directed enterprises.” There have been success stories for these small capitalist endeavors worldwide and in progressive US companies. His book is Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.
09/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist Hanna Rosin, and her book, The End Of Men: And The Rise Of Women. This year, women became a majority of the American workforce for the first time in history. Most managers are now women, and of today’s college graduates women outnumber men. Rosin suggests that modern post-industrial society is more congenial for the success of women.