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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: 3,799

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
Should Palo Alto really aspire to be more like a Chinese factory city?
Jun 22, 2014 11:33 pm
Comments: 13 | Views: 3,745

The concept of "community" is much diminished in "Smart Growth". The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) process in the 1990s was conducted... More
Stupid Growth: So-called "Smart Growth" is a cancer on the community
Jun 7, 2014 1:43 pm
Comments: 27 | Views: 3,478

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
Visioning or Potemkin Villages?
May 8, 2014 4:38 pm
Comments: 10 | Views: 2,576

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: 2,479

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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