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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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Visioning or Potemkin Villages?
May 8, 2014 4:38 pm
Comments: 10 | Views: 6,197

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
In Defense of "Incivility"
Oct 14, 2014 2:45 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 5,684

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. ? Yogi Berra

Civility is one of those things that in theory you... More
Public Art Policy
Feb 7, 2015 4:36 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 5,634

There has long been widespread public dissatisfaction with what has been chosen as public art and the process behind those choices. This is good time to visit City... More
Frustrated with arguments on the parcel tax
Apr 17, 2015 2:33 am
Comments: 76 | Views: 5,580

I am hearing from various of the people I talk to that they are as frustrated as I am with the information being provided on the merits of the PAUSD parcel tax currently... More
Why is Palo Alto politics so stubbornly pre-Internet?
Jan 7, 2015 4:31 am
Comments: 7 | Views: 5,319

Most meetings I attend are insignificantly different from similar ones in the 1970s and 1980s, both meetings conducted by City Hall and those by various civic group.... More
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