People with older homes who live in historical sections of their towns or cities are micro-managed as to what they are allowed to do to the exterior of their homes by the areas Preservation and Historical Societies. Any changes even as minute as changing a porch light needs authorization brought up before their committees. In my town, their is an actual committee member who does daily "policing" of any changes made. This seems unconstitutional and there should be a law for home owners to opt out
In an effort to address the separateness that may be the root cause of gender and racial inequity, militarism, imperialism, and environmental degradation, we might craft a UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF THE SACREDNESS AND INTERCONNECTION OF ALL LIFE to be ratified by all human, nations, organizations, religions, and businesses.
PUBLIC FUNDING for non-profit media: each American 18+ has $200/yr voucher. We ALL benefit from well-informed citizens & non-commercial media that monitor power. Media must be recognized non-profits with no commercial ads. All they produce by subsidy must post online immediately, available at no charge; & enters public domain with no copyright. This invests $30 billion/yr in public press w/ no control by govt or giant corps. Founders Madison, Jefferson, Tom Paine +more subsidized a STRONG press.
Cheap products have bad things in them, but the profit motive makes them hard to get rid of. Have a public servant buy things for the public that it needs. How much it costs is not the important factor but what it does to the public health & welfare. More expensive but healthier berries are bot and the cheap less healthy berries are not. This changes the behavior of producers and more importantly salesmen & CEO's lose status in society and no longer determine all wage and resource allocations.
SELL DETROIT: Impact Investing is an effort to get financiers to figure out how to put social responsibility into the spreadsheet of profitability. It's a big idea in search of a big test. I have one: SELL DETROIT to the highest Impact bidder! Seriously. See the link where the devil for good is in the details.
Recognize American made fireworks (consumer and display goods) as a legitimate cultural art form. American fireworks are a unique style, and are being driven out of existence as a prelude to banning guns - a total demoralization of national participation and self-esteem. Establish a national uniform regulatory code under D.O.T./PHMSA and BATFE.
Make Eminent Domain seizures of property more fair by purchasing property at fair market value (as it is today) plus a compensation fee equal to the value - i.e. pay 2 X value. This will prevent abuse, i.e. developers taking property at ED caused discounts to fair market value, but still make ED work for the community where necessary (hospitals, roads etc)
Use existing vacant city, county, or state owned buildings that can be rehabbed for housing with onsite services for the homeless. For example, the University of Colorado Medical Center Complex that used to be located on Colorado Blvd. in Denver, CO has many high rise buildings that are boarded up and fenced in, not being used for anything. These buildings are centrally located near stores, and bus lines. These buildings would be an excellent place for residential facilities for the homeless.