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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 Law of Supply and XXXXXX
Jun 10, 2014 12:57 pm
Comments: 13 | Views: 3,480

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
Stupid Growth: So-called "Smart Growth" is a cancer on the community
Jun 7, 2014 1:43 pm
Comments: 27 | Views: 3,186

Rule of thumb: Anything that needs to be labeled "smart" isn't.

Classic Brainteaser: "Why aren't there ants that are the size of elephants?" The... More
Should Palo Alto really aspire to be more like a Chinese factory city?
Jun 22, 2014 11:33 pm
Comments: 13 | Views: 3,046

The concept of "community" is much diminished in "Smart Growth". The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) process in the 1990s was conducted... More
Visioning or Potemkin Villages?
May 8, 2014 4:38 pm
Comments: 10 | Views: 2,360

The city government of Palo Alto has announced that it will be sponsoring a series of meetings about the future of Palo Alto and wants ordinary residents to participate... More
How Bad Policy Happens
Jul 25, 2014 2:07 pm
Comments: 22 | Views: 2,127

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
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