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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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How Bad Policy Happens
Jul 25, 2014 2:07 pm
Comments: 22 | Views: 3,700

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
Visioning or Potemkin Villages?
May 8, 2014 4:38 pm
Comments: 10 | Views: 3,568

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
Public Transit Follies
Jul 1, 2014 2:48 pm
Comments: 26 | Views: 3,334

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
A reprehensible political ad
Nov 2, 2014 1:35 pm
Comments: 32 | Views: 3,316

This is not so much about a particular set of lies at the core of one political ad, but more about Palo Alto's political environment. When very prominent people... More
Follow the money: Coverage for the next campaign
Nov 9, 2014 12:50 am
Comments: 17 | Views: 3,290

This is the first of a potential series of discussions about what news coverage residents would find useful about future local elections. Now is the time to have... More
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