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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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Neighborhood Associations: Why they are still important
Mar 10, 2015 1:57 am
Comments: 17 | Views: 16,539

The recent news coverage of the difficulties facing one of Palo Alto's premier neighborhood association (College Terrace) brought forth comments that such associations... More
Stupid Growth: So-called "Smart Growth" is a cancer on the community
Jun 7, 2014 1:43 pm
Comments: 27 | Views: 16,184

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
Should Palo Alto really aspire to be more like a Chinese factory city?
Jun 22, 2014 11:33 pm
Comments: 13 | Views: 13,827

The concept of "community" is much diminished in "Smart Growth". The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) process in the... More
How history should be taught: Connections to the present
Jan 16, 2016 1:41 am
Comments: 16 | Views: 13,720

The admonition "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it" (many variations) is ignored in the traditional teaching... More
El Camino Sidewalk Width and the "Grand Boulevard" Delusion
Mar 29, 2014 12:18 am
Comments: 11 | Views: 12,763

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
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