Full Bank Accounts, Empty Storefronts: The Economics Of High-Rent Blight

Urban blight is nothing new. The signature image of plummeting real estate is block after block of properties vacated as businesses move out. Now the high price of real estate in American cities is creating a new phenomenon: In otherwise healthy economic areas, the rents are climbing so high they’re driving businesses… »5/26/15 5:40pm5/26/15 5:40pm

Starbucks Sells California's Scarce Water to "Help" People Without Water

When you buy a bottle of water at Starbucks, five cents goes towards “improving the lives of people who lack vital resources,” according to the in-house brand named Ethos Water. That may be true, but there’s a catch: The water’s bottled in a part of California where people’s wells are running dry. »4/29/15 1:20pm4/29/15 1:20pm

Starbucks Typewriter Guy Is Here to Answer All Your Burning Questions

As you may remember, yesterday, we put up a post poking fun at this then-stranger who'd been photographed using a typewriter in Starbucks by one of his fellow students. Cries of rage soon followed from both sympathizers and opponents alike. This man's typewriter and our mocking tone struck a chord. For some of you, a… »3/13/13 3:03pm3/13/13 3:03pm