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A Pragmatist's Take

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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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Die, Pedestrians, Die: The City's implicit response to major long-term safety problems
Feb 18, 2014 2:07 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 7,486

City Staff claims that pedestrian needs are an important part of bicycle projects (see ... More
Candidate Slates for City Council: Time to reconsider?
Jan 18, 2014 1:02 am
Comments: 3 | Views: 7,053

Slates of candidates for City Council could address two major problems with Council elections: It could allow a broader range of candidates to compete, and it would... More
Supporting a candidate for Council: Not too early to start
Jan 6, 2014 1:16 am
Comments: 7 | Views: 6,475

There has been much talk about having Council members from outside the political establishment, and the policies and attitudes that that group represents. Although... More
A Self-inflicted Hardship: The City caves in yet again (Alma Village sign)
Dec 18, 2013 3:43 am
Comments: 14 | Views: 7,845

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
Listen for Yourself: An index into "A Conversation on the Future of the City"
Dec 13, 2013 3:29 pm
Comments: 5 | Views: 35,501

At the December 2nd City Council meeting, there was over 3.5 hours on zoning, planning, traffic, parking,... (f1) The general themes and specific items have presented... More
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