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The Next Economy

America 360

Is There A Future for Appalachia After Coal?

The region will need to keep its younger generations from leaving if it is to thrive once again.

Goldman Sachs' Plan to Save Struggling Small Businesses

A family printing business in eastern Kentucky was struggling after coal's decline. Then Goldman Sachs sent the CFO to business school. 

The City That Believed in Desegregation

Integration isn't easy, but Louisville, Kentucky, has decided that it's worth it.

Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College

A UPS program in Louisville gives students free tuition for working the third shift, but at what cost?  

$350 Million Might Not Be Enough to Save Las Vegas

Spending millions to revitalize a struggling portion of the city might seem like a good bet, but the current effort led by a billionaire CEO is facing major challenges.

Can Labor Survive the Nevada GOP?

For the first time in decades, Republicans control the state's Assembly, Aenate, and Governor's Mansion—and they're targeting unions.

Why Are Developers Still Building Sprawl?

Boomers and Millennials say they want to live in compact, walkable developments, but builders are putting their money into suburban McMansions.

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About The Next Economy

The Great Recession upended expectations about economic security in the United States, and it changed the way we work and live. The Next Economy project asks: How are Americans adapting to the new economy? This joint initiative from the Atlantic and National Journal will use polls, an annual special issue, national and local events with thought leaders and this site to answer that question.