Next Economy Notes - Gas Prices and Unemployment Down, Wind Capacity Up

More good news at the pump as gas prices continue to drop.

Why are prices dropping? Gasoline futures are down 6.3% from their high in March.

On the jobs front, the number of people applying for unemployment dropped slight last week.

How can we create more jobs? The wind industry says they're primed to make huge gains.

Many Americans feel that their skills are out of date and in need of some retooling. But how can you learn new skills in a down economy? Thanks to $16 million in venture capital, a new endevour called Coursera will allow you to take classes from Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan and Princeton for FREE.

In largely unrelated urban planning news, should DC's building height restriction be lifted? In my opinion, the answer is yes. Matthew Yglesias agrees with me.