This blog post (from a patent lawyer, no less) eloquently lays out an argument I’ve long embraced: Among the Detroit area’s many failures over the last half century, one of its most significant and least appreciated is the destruction of its buildings. Why is the economy there in bad shape? In part, because there aren’t very many places that people really want to live.
Birthright -- What's Next for Planned Parenthood?
A powerhouse of a story that explains why Planned Parenthood has become a right-wing punching bag. And why it matters.
Getting A Fix -- Portugal Decriminalizes Drugs
A thoughtful, balanced look at a country that tried a different approach to drug laws. It's hard to argue that the US approach has been anything other than an abysmal failure, but this piece points out the dangers (as well as the benefits) of doing things differently.
Three Cups of Deceit
Jon Krakauer takes on Greg Mortenson in one of (the?) inaugural pieces on Byliner.com. The piece is noteworthy not just for its merits but also for its method of delivery – maybe a new economic model for great long-form journalism.
Gerrymandering in Michigan
This one lacks the narrative heft of the others, but addresses an issue probably more important – how to make our democracy more inclusive and supportive of substantive debate. FairVote shows how one state – Michigan – could get rid of gerrymandering and, in the process, ensure representation of more points of view