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Is Bike Sharing for White Gentrifiers?

Meet the people working to make sure the answer to that question is no.

The Economic Recovery Hasn't Reached Minority Families

Fully 90 percent of U.S. families are still struggling to recover from the recession, according to a new survey from the Federal Reserve Board.

A Tax Change Both Parties Can Support

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit  has been touted by President Obama, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan.

Why You Should Always Tip Your Waitress

A new analysis finds eliminating the "tipped minimum wage" would reduce poverty rates and narrow the wage gap. It's not happening anytime soon, but something incremental might.

Houston Confronts Racial Disparities as City's Economy Booms

In a preview of national trends, Houston's fastest growth is among lower-income, minority households.

Who Will Take Care of Our Parents?

The looming caregiver shortage will impact women, particularly poor ones.

Which U.S. Immigrants End Up Becoming Small-Business Owners?

Greeks top the list. Here are the 19 others.

The Unsung Benefit of Minority-Owned Firms

They are leading exporters. In fact, companies owned by Japanese-Americans make nearly half of their sales in Japan.

Why Are Women-Owned Businesses So Small?

Women own 30 percent of privately owned businesses but generate just 11 percent of sales, according to federal statistics.

The Lending Model That Bypasses the Bankers

Disparities in access to capital help drive inequality. For that to change, innovative new lenders have to weaken Wall Street's hold on credit.

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Is Bike Sharing for White Gentrifiers?

Meet the people working to make sure the answer to that question is no.

The Economic Recovery Hasn't Reached Minority Families

Fully 90 percent of U.S. families are still struggling to recover from the recession, according to a new survey from the Federal Reserve Board.

A Tax Change Both Parties Can Support

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit  has been touted by President Obama, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan.

Why You Should Always Tip Your Waitress

A new analysis finds eliminating the "tipped minimum wage" would reduce poverty rates and narrow the wage gap. It's not happening anytime soon, but something incremental might.

Houston Confronts Racial Disparities as City's Economy Booms

In a preview of national trends, Houston's fastest growth is among lower-income, minority households.

Who Will Take Care of Our Parents?

The looming caregiver shortage will impact women, particularly poor ones.

Which U.S. Immigrants End Up Becoming Small-Business Owners?

Greeks top the list. Here are the 19 others.

The Unsung Benefit of Minority-Owned Firms

They are leading exporters. In fact, companies owned by Japanese-Americans make nearly half of their sales in Japan.

Why Are Women-Owned Businesses So Small?

Women own 30 percent of privately owned businesses but generate just 11 percent of sales, according to federal statistics.

The Lending Model That Bypasses the Bankers

Disparities in access to capital help drive inequality. For that to change, innovative new lenders have to weaken Wall Street's hold on credit.

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.