Public Trust Doctrine

Public Trust Doctrine is a principle talking about how certain natural and cultural resources are available only for the public to use. It is the government’s job to maintain and protect the resources that are available for the use by the public. A blog written by actor, Mark Ruffalo, wrote about how New York...

Privately-Owned Public Space(POPS)

Privately-Owned Public Space, also known as POPS, is an amenity constructed and maintained by the owner for public use in exchange for having more access to areas. These places are often located in commercial districts and other districts of similar nature. POPS are often achieved through a process called incentive zoning, however POPS have...

Financial Wealth

Photo Credits: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/financial-wealth-its-time-not-money/ Wealth that is based on ownership of financial assets such as stocks, bonds, money, and government securities.  It is often times mistaken for the amount of money an individual makes or has in actual dollars.  A more consistent way of measuring financial wealth over time would be the number of years of financial...

Supplemental Poverty Measure

Photo Credits: http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/policy-brief/supplemental-poverty-measure-better-measure-poverty-america The lack of economic resources for consumption of basic needs such as food, housing, clothing, and utilities. Gross money income from private and public sources is supplemented with benefits such as food stamps, housing subsidies, and tax credits in order to determine family resources.  Medical out-of-pocket expenses such as health insurance premiums,...

Poverty as Structure

Poverty is often thought of as the personal failings of an individual, however economic evidence has shown that is rather the failure of the economic and social systems that hold society together. Poverty as structure can be thought of as placing someone in a low income hole, they might not be in the same...

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