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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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City Council & School Board: Leaders, Overseers, Technocrats or Advocates?
May 5, 2016 1:52 am
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Candidates are starting to declare for the School Board and City Council. Although the public campaigning typically doesn't begin until September, between now and... More
Misuse of Mixed-use Development
Apr 23, 2016 2:01 am
Comments: 29 | Views: 2,636

Mixed-use development is an enticing concept. The notion is that by combining different categories--housing, office, retail--you can make better use... More
Anniversary of an unlearned lesson: The Irish Easter Rising and current politics
Apr 2, 2016 1:52 am
Comments: 3 | Views: 1,439

Easter week 1916 was the beginning of the end of the British Empire. The event was the Easter Rising in Ireland. In... More
Retail - basics of public policy
Mar 25, 2016 1:52 am
Comments: 16 | Views: 1,475

"Retail loves retail" is the basic maxim you will hear in a discussion of planning for retail districts. It is analogous to critical mass for... More
Another Copenhagen Syndrome
Mar 5, 2016 12:55 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 2,076

Visionaries and dreamers can be major impediments to accomplishing anything useful. They clutter the public discourse and decision-making with ideas that are non-starters... More
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