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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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

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Community, Extended-stay Hotel or ...? Part 1
Aug 4, 2016 12:35 am
Comments: 17 | Views: 1,887

The character of a city is a complex interplay between the people, its facilities--public and private--and its institutions, and it evolves over time. People are... More
Abusing the ADA & Compromising safety of others for the convenience of bicyclists
Jul 11, 2016 2:23 pm
Comments: 21 | Views: 2,671

False claims about ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)? Unsupported claims about bicycle safety problems? Merely City Hall's rationales for a dubious project that... More
Nonstarter killed after 2 decades
Jun 28, 2016 1:06 am
Comments: 21 | Views: 9,628

The Matadero Creek Bikeway proposal is an example of why it is so hard to get things done in Palo Alto. It was proposed in the early 1990s as part of the Comprehensive... More
Amnesia at City Hall
Jun 14, 2016 12:40 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 3,566

A repeated theme of this blog has been the persistent problems with public participation and input, from major policy decisions down to the practical details that... More
Environment, Design and Healthy Cities
Jun 1, 2016 4:17 am
Comments: 0 | Views: 2,984

In discussions of the impact of the environment on human health, the focus is routinely on problems such as chemical pollutants--it is relatively easy to explain... More
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