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Mon-Fayette Expressway: Route 51 to I-376, Pennsylvania

The Mon-Fayette Expressway is a proposed $2 billion highway that would run 14 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Building the highway will require moving families from their homes, along with “moving millions of cubic yards of earth to flatten hills and fill in valleys to level out the terrain through the Monongahela Valley” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


New Economy


We keep producing and consuming more and more “stuff.” How can we do a better job of improving the quality of our lives? Our New Economy program is finding answers.


North Houston Highway Improvement Project, Texas

Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, is fast-growing and sprawling, and as of 2012 had more highway lane-miles per person than all but two cities in the country. The city’s overreliance on cars has created big problems for residents. Long trips on congested highways mean that Houston workers have the second-most expensive commutes in the country. The metro area’s roads are also the deadliest in the nation, and according to the Houston Chronicle the “death toll is the equivalent of three fully-loaded 737s crashing each year at Houston's airports, killing all aboard.” Vehicle pollution is also harming air quality in Houston, which in 2019 was ranked ninth-worst in the country for high smog days by the American Lung Association.


North Spokane Corridor, Spokane, Washington

The North Spokane Corridor (NSC) is a proposed highway that will connect Interstate 90, which runs East-West through the center of Spokane, to U.S. Route 395 north of the city. The cost of the project is $1.5 billion, the vast majority of which will come from state funding sources. The NSC has been in the works for decades – and has been a source of controversy the entire time, because it will slice through neighborhoods, including the historic community of Hillyard, and result in more than 500 homes being displaced. Hillyard business owners worry that the new highway will damage the district that they have worked to improve in recent years.


Not First Class

Flier complaints soar as airlines cancel flights, deny refunds, ruin plans


Nursing Home Safety During COVID

A look at problems that have crushed nursing homes nationwide


Nursing home safety during COVID: Cases and Vaccines

Cases drop by 80 percent after mass vaccinations, but more than 400 homes report first cases in 2021 after none in 2020


Nursing home safety during COVID: PPE shortages

Thousands of nursing homes nationwide are dealing with horrific shortages of masks, gowns and other items they need to protect residents, workers and the broader community from COVID-19. And seven months into this pandemic, the shortages have actually become much worse.


Nursing home safety during COVID: Staff shortages

More than 3,000 U.S. nursing homes last month had a shortage of nurses, aides or doctors, and it’s a severe problem that has existed since last May. For most of last year, more than 200,000 people at any given time were in nursing homes that themselves acknowledged they were suffering from staff shortages.


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