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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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A Self-inflicted Hardship: The City caves in yet again (Alma Village sign)
Dec 18, 2013 3:43 am
Comments: 14 | Views: 2,112

The City Council's approval of an over-sized sign for the grocery store at Alma Village--formerly Alma Plaza--is but the latest sordid chapter in the Council's mismanagement... More
Public Transit Follies
Jul 1, 2014 2:48 pm
Comments: 26 | Views: 2,111

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
Die, Pedestrians, Die: The City's implicit response to major long-term safety problems
Feb 18, 2014 2:07 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 2,036

City Staff claims that pedestrian needs are an important part of bicycle projects (see ... More
Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 3 of 3)
Dec 6, 2013 1:10 pm
Comments: 0 | Views: 1,488

This recognize some promising, albeit understated, reactions of several of the Commissioners to a bad Staff report. The previous parts of this series addressed persistent... More
Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 2 of 3)
Dec 4, 2013 1:13 pm
Comments: 1 | Views: 1,345

Residents complain that they and their viewpoints were not treated fairly after far too many of the Council and Commission hearings that I have participated in over... More
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