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A Pragmatist's Take

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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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Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 1 of 3)
Dec 3, 2013 2:56 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 27,751

"Watch what we do, not what we say" was famously said by John Mitchell, as then-President Nixon's Attorney General and political strategist. I was watching... More
Palo Alto's Culture War: Analytics vs. Aspirationals
Nov 10, 2013 3:43 am
Comments: 37 | Views: 18,585

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
Public Transit Follies
Jul 1, 2014 2:48 pm
Comments: 26 | Views: 12,503

Two false assumptions about public transit underlie "Smart Growth" as it is practiced here. The first is that trips other than commutes can be (largely)... More
Stupid Growth: So-called "Smart Growth" is a cancer on the community
Jun 7, 2014 1:43 pm
Comments: 27 | Views: 11,294

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: 10,053

The concept of "community" is much diminished in "Smart Growth". The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) process in the 1990s was conducted... More
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