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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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Shills and Charlatans of "Smart Growth"
Jun 16, 2014 2:50 am
Comments: 36 | Views: 20,917

"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
Palo Alto's Culture War: Analytics vs. Aspirationals
Nov 10, 2013 3:43 am
Comments: 37 | Views: 17,148

Many assessments of why the debate on Measure D was so bitter and divisive incorrectly cast it as a series of individual, isolated mistakes. Instead much of it was... More
Should Palo Alto really aspire to be more like a Chinese factory city?
Jun 22, 2014 11:33 pm
Comments: 13 | Views: 8,374

The concept of "community" is much diminished in "Smart Growth". The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) process in the 1990s was conducted... More
El Camino Sidewalk Width and the "Grand Boulevard" Delusion
Mar 29, 2014 12:18 am
Comments: 11 | Views: 6,649

The City is once again talking about wanting to make El Camino more "pedestrian-friendly" (foot#1) and once again refusing to consider what the actual problems... More
Candidate Kickoff Events: Public, not just for supporters
Aug 22, 2014 5:01 am
Comments: 7 | Views: 6,190

Kick-off events for the campaigns for the candidates for Palo Alto City Council and the School Board begin this Saturday and extend into mid-September. While there... More
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