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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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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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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: 41,618

"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
The Palo Alto Bicycle Lobby: Impeding more and safer bicycling?
Mar 16, 2014 9:23 pm
Comments: 52 | Views: 38,912

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
Listen for Yourself: An index into "A Conversation on the Future of the City"
Dec 13, 2013 3:29 pm
Comments: 5 | Views: 32,255

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
Shills and Charlatans of "Smart Growth"
Jun 16, 2014 2:50 am
Comments: 36 | Views: 30,780

"For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." (foot#1)

Any decent manager approaching a new project asks about the lessons-learned... More
Yet another "Questionable" Staff Report/Survey
Dec 7, 2013 10:34 pm
Comments: 3 | Views: 29,741

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