Early morning traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 93 in Boston, MA on May 19, 2020. Gov. Baker announced phase one of reopening on May 18, including allowing manufacturing and construction to being.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released major guidelines on how U.S. offices should function as people return to work during the coronavirus pandemic — including advice that reverses years of public policy guidance on how people should commute to the office. 

Instead of taking public transportation or carpooling, the CDC suggests people drive to work by themselves if feasible and advises corporations to provide incentives for employees to drive by themselves. 

The new guidelines raised concerns over what could be unbearable traffic congestion and a surge in carbon emissions if people turn to cars in order to avoid exposure to the virus. 

“Promoting private vehicle use as public health strategy is like prescribing sugar to reduce tooth decay,” said University of British Columbia urban planning and public health professor Lawrence Frank.

The challenges will grow more acute if residents abandon cities for less densely populated suburbs, a trend that may be getting underway.


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Although the streets of America have never actually been paved with gold, the pervasive dream of “making it big” here persists among newcomers. Thousands of successful American entrepreneurs weren’t born in the U.S., and there shouldn’t be a wall between immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs and financing. 

According to Fundera, 28 percent of all “main street” businesses are owned by immigrants. These businesses are the kinds of providers most people visit all the time – grocery stores, nail salons, restaurants, clothing and liquor stores and more. Nearly half of all business growth from 2000 to 2013 was due to immigrant business owners.

Related: The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Behind Major American Companies (Infographic)

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur who doesn’t have a long financial history in this country, here are the funding sources you should know about. 

Grants for Refugees and Immigrants

For immigrants who speak and write English well, there are grants to teach English as a second language on Grant Watch. Use the site’s search tool to look for grants specifically available to immigrants and refugees, or try the Office of Refugee Resettlement

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Good morning. David Meyer here in Berlin, filling in for Alan.

The push for green coronavirus stimulus measures looks like it’s getting somewhere. Following furious wrangling within Germany’s coalition government, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration has announced a €130 billion ($146 billion) stimulus package—that’s nearly 4% of GDP—that should aid the energy transition as well as pulling Germany out of its pandemic slump.

A key element is the increase of government subsidies for people buying electric vehicles—up from €3,000 to €6,000 per vehicle. Along with cash for hydrogen energy, this forms part of a €50 billion tranche of the overall package, which is set aside for addressing climate change and researching A.I. and quantum computing. (Other notable measures include a temporary lowering of the sales tax rate, and a one-off allowance of €300 per child.)

“It is an ambitious program,” said Merkel, while her finance minister—Olaf Scholz, from the center-left SPD party—talked about emerging from the crisis with “oomph” (my translation).

In a note today, BoA’s analysts said the EV subsidies were “too high” and would not have a great effect on …