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"Hold dear as few core interest propositions as possible, because the more you accumulate, the more dead your thinking becomes."

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Bitter Legacies: Big-Box Bribes Meet The New NormalEB

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:59:03 +0000

Hundreds of communities across America have paid out major bribes to Wal-Mart and similar big box retailers in a misguided pursuit of sales tax base and low-paying jobs. Most negative externalities big-box development introduce (greater congestion, infrastructure requirements from traffic lights to road expansions, decimation of non-subsidized competitors) are borne by the local and state […](image)

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End of the Suburbs Book Discussion Pt.1EB

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:44:40 +0000

While critical of her argument(s), there is compelling material in Leigh Gallagher’s book worth discussing. I wanted to unpack this core summation of hers: “The new homes and communities being planned for the next phase of our development will be better suited to our needs. They will factor in the mistakes of the past to […](image)

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The End of the Suburbs (Book Review)EB

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 03:23:29 +0000

Leigh Gallagher’s book, The End of the Suburbs, desperately needs a more serious title. At least it could be recast as ‘the end of the suburbs as we know them’, a prediction on stronger footing that also captures best the often hysterical over-reaction of people to books like this.  Gallagher presents a middling case for why […](image)

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Gas Stations, Food Trucks and DIY Districts (FTF II)EB

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:04:12 +0000

This series, Forward the Future, will intermittently consider the future of commercial activity within U.S. municipalities. Our food choices are expanding, not only with the accelerating globalization of American food culture and dining choices, but new delivery platforms. While the classic fast food industry faces immense labor challenges, new entrants are presenting unprecedented opportunities for […](image)

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Spare PartsEB

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 01:44:19 +0000

Crony capitalism receives more prominent attention via the Atlantic’s October issue. Gregg Easterbrook takes aim at one of the grandest corporate thieves, the tax-free NFL and its legions of public welfare needy owners. Considering the public fiascoes in Miami over the Marlins stadium, Minnesota’s nearly half a billion dollar gift to the Vikings and other […](image)

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Disassembled Watch IEB

Sun, 29 Sep 2013 02:58:38 +0000

The first in a continuing series of posts on America’s governments going broke or something close to it…. “Here’s a feature of Obamacare you probably don’t know about: A transfer of hundreds of billions of dollars in liabilities to retired public employees from state and local governments to federal taxpayers.” Via Josh Barro, who is […](image)

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The Good Schools Property Value Bubble?EB

Sun, 08 Sep 2013 02:06:57 +0000

The first of an ongoing series about the ‘future foundation’ of our land-use patterns… The spread of charter and magnet schools, online education and personalized albeit remote tutoring capacity has left me thinking: ‘what happens to land value premiums assigned to ‘good school districts’ if ‘the ‘spatial relationship’ that most home-buyers account for no longer […](image)

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Forward the Future I (Updated!)EBbur

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:06:31 +0000

This series will intermittently consider the future of commercial activity within U.S. municipalities. First…. fast food. (Wikimedia Commons) Recent news coverage of the McDonald’s low-pay budget snafu and demands by some fast food workers for a $15/hr minimum wage has fueled conversations about living wages, profit margins and sustainable business practices. In response, fast food […](image)

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Lost ConnectionEB

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 04:48:55 +0000

Living in a neighborhood with sidewalks, my friends and I walked or biked everywhere; even into another state (NY state was 25 minutes away on foot)(image)

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