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What Should A 21st Century Post-Pandemic New Deal Look Like?

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with Gray Brechin and Richard Walker, board members of the Living New Deal, a project that makes the legacy of the New Deal visible and educates Americans about what is possible when government is dedicated to the public good.

With unemployment numbers soaring to their highest level since the Great Depression, advocates say it’s time for a 21st Century New Deal. What should it include and how should it tackle issues like inequality and the climate crisis?


Richard Walker,director of the Living New Deal, professor emeritus of geography at UC Berkeley, and author of many books including Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area, and The Atlas of California

Gray Brechin, founder of the Living New Deal, former vice-president of the National New Deal Preservation Association, and author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin

Web Resources: 

New Deal of the Day blog

Jacobin Magazine: What the New Deal Can Teach Us About a Green New Deal

CityLab, Brentin Mock: A Green Stimulus Plan for a Post-Coronavirus Economy

Curbed, Patrick Sisson: Stimulus isn’t enough. Our cities need a post-pandemic New Deal.