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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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The Palo Alto Bicycle Lobby: Impeding more and safer bicycling?
Mar 16, 2014 9:23 pm
Comments: 52 | Views: 13,653

I did a lot of around-town bicycling from the late 1980s through the early 2000s (foot#4) and became involved in the City's bike planning. I found myself often in... More
Palo Alto's Culture War: Analytics vs. Aspirationals
Nov 10, 2013 3:43 am
Comments: 37 | Views: 13,417

Many assessments of why the debate on Measure D was so bitter and divisive incorrectly cast it as a series of individual, isolated mistakes. Instead much of it was... More
Can Palo Alto Afford the Vanity of its Ruling Elite? Part 1 of an infinite series: Intro and Fiber-to-the-Premises
Oct 31, 2013 12:54 am
Comments: 37 | Views: 12,424

"Ruling elite" in the title is meant to provoke thought about how far the priorities of the decision-makers diverge from those of the typical resident. One of the... More
Listen for Yourself: An index into "A Conversation on the Future of the City"
Dec 13, 2013 3:29 pm
Comments: 5 | Views: 12,012

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: 8,630

At Monday's Council meeting (12/9), the City Manager will present an Informational Report on a... More
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