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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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A Self-inflicted Hardship: The City caves in yet again (Alma Village sign)
Dec 18, 2013 3:43 am
Comments: 14 | Views: 1,367

The City Council's approval of an over-sized sign for the grocery store at Alma Village--formerly Alma Plaza--is but the latest sordid chapter in the Council's mismanagement... More
Listen for Yourself: An index into "A Conversation on the Future of the City"
Dec 13, 2013 3:29 pm
Comments: 5 | Views: 11,413

At the December 2nd City Council meeting, there was over 3.5 hours on zoning, planning, traffic, parking,... (f1) The general themes and specific items have presented... More
Yet another "Questionable" Staff Report/Survey
Dec 7, 2013 10:34 pm
Comments: 3 | Views: 7,867

At Monday's Council meeting (12/9), the City Manager will present an Informational Report on a... More
Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 3 of 3)
Dec 6, 2013 1:10 pm
Comments: 0 | Views: 1,223

This recognize some promising, albeit understated, reactions of several of the Commissioners to a bad Staff report. The previous parts of this series addressed persistent... More
Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 2 of 3)
Dec 4, 2013 1:13 pm
Comments: 1 | Views: 1,025

Residents complain that they and their viewpoints were not treated fairly after far too many of the Council and Commission hearings that I have participated in over... More
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