Someone drew my attention recently to this cool street renovation in Memphis: “Memphis’s Spectacular Street Experiments are Moving Toward Permanance!” Exclamation point mine! There are things to like about this. It’s a good idea to make the improvements durable but temporary. You can see how it works out in real life before overcommitting. That inset photo […]
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I’ve lived here going on 32 years and I’m finally figuring out some things that should have been obvious much sooner. Real Estate is a Cost, not a Solution Cleveland insists on doing “economic development” backwards. We put boatloads of money and effort (and displacement) into large and small construction projects that are supposed to […]
Rising: seven projects that will change the face of Cleveland The fact that of seven “projects” every single one is a real estate deal is precisely what is wrong with Cleveland. Exactly zero cities have become prosperous from real estate development, unless the way you’re keeping score is by how well the developers are doing. […]
2017 is Cleveland’s Year of Vibrant Green Space! Hooray! Last year, 2016, was the Year of Sustainable Transportation. Highlights included: New bike lanes on West 25th that make no sense whatsoever (okay, that was actually in 2015); Starting construction on a $300,000,000.00 highway that goes from the East 55th station on the Red Line to […]
Now that it’s clear that Hillary Clinton won a fairly solid majority of popular votes cast for President, but didn’t come very close to winning the all-important Electors, of course a lot of very good people are getting very interested in reforming, bypassing, or eliminating the Electoral College. They’re wrong. Here’s why.
There’s a lot of chatter over what is and isn’t “fake news.” I think people are missing the point when they start to pick and choose which publications they consider reliable though. I guess it’s okay to say (for example) that the New York Times is usually pretty reliable because yadda yadda reasons. But that’s […]
So TIME‘s Person of the Year 2016 is Donald J. Trump. That makes sense. He “defines” the year in our culture. Their description of runner-up Hillary R. Clinton, however, made me go “Do you even read what you wrote? At all?” Charlotte Alter, a “journalist” for TIME, wrote this about Secretary Clinton: Expectations certainly missed their […]
The United States is a republic, not a democracy. People say that like it’s the most insightful thing ever, but it’s meaningless. It’s like saying your dog is an animal, not a pet. These things are not opposites, nor are they mutually exclusive. If you want to say “a republic, not a direct democracy,” you might […]
If I liked power, I’d use my power to find a way to use the federal government to get me even more power. I’d use it shut down my enemies. I’d use it to promote my allies into positions where they could help me, but not where they’d be secure enough to oppose me.