If the MTA’s debt were a GDP …

A recent report by the Straphangers Campaign included a sobering figure: the MTA has a debt greater than the debt of 30 nations. But I wondered: what if we compared the MTA's debt to global GDPs. The answer is perhaps even more surprising.

Does America need its states?

The United States is naturally organized economically, culturally, and historically around cities and metro areas, yet politically it's organized into states. When 90% of the national economy is in urban areas, do states' anti-urban policies work to the detriment of the national and, ironically, state economies?