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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How Bad Policy Happens
Jul 25, 2014 2:07 pm
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Failure to lay proper groundwork for deliberations is a common cause of bad decisions. Sometimes this failure is simply ineptness, and sometimes it is a deliberate... More
Public Transit Follies
Jul 1, 2014 2:48 pm
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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
Shills and Charlatans of "Smart Growth"
Jun 16, 2014 2:50 am
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"For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong."
Any decent manager approaching a new project asks about... More
The Law of Supply and XXXXXX
Jun 10, 2014 12:57 pm
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Palo Alto's development policy is littered with bad economic analysis. The most patently absurd one is that the way to reduce the infamous Jobs-Housing Imbalance... More