Why leaders look to infrastructure spending in recessions

The pitch for infrastructure projects recalls Depression-era investment in roads and bridges.
The on-ramp to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was built as part of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.
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What we've learned so far about where the economy is headed

May 22, 2020
It’s been eight weeks since the CARES Act became law. Will the economic crisis it was meant to combat get as bad as the Great Depression?
There's still a lot that we don't know about how economic recovery will play out.
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How the COVID-19 economy is changing Americans' spending habits

Post-lockdown spending sprees are looking a lot less likely.
Americans won't be racing out to spend money as lockdown restrictions ease, early indicators suggest.
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U.S. economy loses 20.5 million jobs, unemployment rate rises to 14.7%

May 8, 2020
Since the crisis started, more than 33 million people have filed for unemployment.
A view of a closed business in New York City.
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What if Florida caused the Great Depression?

Jan 17, 2020
An argument that Florida's land boom in the 1920s, not the stock market crash, was the real reason for the financial crisis that followed.
Aerial view of the Flamingo Hotel and several yachts in Biscayne Bay beyond, Miami Beach, Florida, 1920s. The Flamingo was built by Carl Fisher and was one of the first large hotels built in the area. It has subsequently been demolished.
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U.S. markets on track for worst December since the Great Depression

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Dec 25, 2018
...and there are many reasons why.
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A trio of proposed tariffs echo America's protectionist past

Nov 13, 2017
Proposed tariffs in three different industries — solar power, appliances and jets — echo the protectionist tariffs that helped deepen the Great Depression.
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The American protectionism bill that made the Great Depression worse

Aug 24, 2017
The Smoot-Hawley story you never learned in high school history class.
The Smoot-Hawley Tariff was a protectionist piece of legislation that raised tariffs on over 20,000 imported goods.
Ken Garduno, Illustrator

Greenbelt, Maryland, can't hide its town pride

Aug 18, 2017
Photographer Jason Reblando tells the story of America's historic greenbelt towns.
"Daffodil House" in Greendale, Wisconsin.
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How a secret meeting on Jekyll Island led to the Fed

Oct 20, 2015
Author Lowenstein explains the 'patriotic conspiracy' behind the central bank.
The Jekyll Island Club.
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