Equity and access are powerful themes running through the debates and discussions of policymakers across the country in this post-recession, post-financial collapse economy. Even a stalemated Congress has had to at least rhetorically address the challenges of working people. While statehouses, City Halls and Congress begin their long summer recesses, we thought it might be a good idea to explore the equity and access implications of some fond emblems of the new economy (EVs and cellphones). And speaking of summer, we dare to posit that meaningful access to quality, beautiful open space really ought to be the birthright of everyone living in the country that invented the National Park. So let’s go celebrate our birthright and hug a tree, climb a rock or catch a wave!
Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano