The 44 pages of the Nebraska attorney general's report paint a picture of a broken nonprofit whose leaders — now ex-leaders — had lost sight of the reason for Goodwill Omaha’s existence.

The average American adult travels 26 minutes to get to work, according to government surveys. And while Omaha is light-years from the worst commuting city, both census data and anecdotal evidence suggest our once-simple trips to work are getting longer and harder, too.

This farmland seems like a winning lottery ticket because it might fetch $40,000 or $50,000 an acre if or when they sell it to a developer. They know that’s serious money. They know it’s inevitable, though they don’t like to think about closing the book on five generations of Rohwers who have farmed in west Omaha — or west of Omaha — since the Civil War.

For two decades, we have talked streetcar. For two decades, the idea has animated politicians, business leaders, developers and young Omahans who see it as a way to commit to the city’s future. And for two decades, the idea has infuriated large swaths of residents who question the plan’s price tag and its value.

To achieve its goal, Project 18 needs to loosen a particularly tangled knot: How do women break into and then stay in an industry that often looks and feels like a boys’ club? Only 23 percent of Omaha tech employees are women, which is close to the national average. Years of stories about Silicon Valley’s bro culture have cemented the high-profile industry’s sexist reputation.

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