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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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About this blog: As a teenager (in the 1960s), I stumbled across the insight that real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. As a grad student, I belonged to an...  (More)

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How Bad Policy Happens
Jul 25, 2014 2:07 pm
Comments: 21 | Views: 1,491

Failure to lay proper groundwork for deliberations is a common cause of bad decisions. Sometimes this failure is simply ineptness, and sometimes it is a deliberate... More
Public Transit Follies
Jul 1, 2014 2:48 pm
Comments: 26 | Views: 1,596

Two false assumptions about public transit underlie "Smart Growth" as it is practiced here. The first is that trips other than commutes can be (largely)... More
Should Palo Alto really aspire to be more like a Chinese factory city?
Jun 22, 2014 11:33 pm
Comments: 13 | Views: 2,317

The concept of "community" is much diminished in "Smart Growth". The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) process in the 1990s was conducted... More
Shills and Charlatans of "Smart Growth"
Jun 16, 2014 2:50 am
Comments: 36 | Views: 2,516

"For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." (foot#1)

Any decent manager approaching a new project asks about the lessons-learned... More
The Law of Supply and XXXXXX
Jun 10, 2014 12:57 pm
Comments: 13 | Views: 2,874

Palo Alto's development policy is littered with bad economic analysis. The most patently absurd one is that the way to reduce the infamous Jobs-Housing Imbalance... More
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