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Palo Alto's Culture War: Analytics vs. Aspirationals

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 10, 2013
Last comment by stephen levy, on Nov 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm | 37 comments | 26660 Views


Can Palo Alto Afford the Vanity of its Ruling Elite? Part 1 of an infinite series: Intro and Fiber-to-the-Premises

"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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 31, 2013
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm | 37 comments | 53216 Views


Measure D (Maybell Rezoning): Cutting through the noise

This is not yet-another posting about how you should vote on Measure D. Instead, I will try to help undecided voters better understand the arguments being...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 11, 2013
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Oct 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm | 12 comments | 13185 Views


Librarians Against Books: Subverting the will of the electorate

((Before commenting, please read this blog's guidelines at the end.)) This is not a discussion of library policy, but rather using the Main Library renovation...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 7, 2013
Last comment by stephen levy, on Oct 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm | 9 comments | 14235 Views


Lessons in marketing yourself: "Making lemonade" from the Presidential campaigns

Continuing a temporary sojourn from local political issues. In learning to write effective resumes and similar sections on college applications, one of the problems...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 2, 2015
There are no comments yet. 9140 Views


de facto Emancipation Proclamation of May-August 1861: Events dictating decisions, not vice versa

Too often history classes and books tell us that things happened when they became official instead of when they became effectively inevitable with an explanation...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 4, 2019
There are no comments yet. 5643 Views


Environment, Design and Healthy Cities

In discussions of the impact of the environment on human health, the focus is routinely on problems such as chemical pollutants--it is relatively easy to explain...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 1, 2016
There are no comments yet. 10519 Views
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