Jul 14, 2016
commented on The Mayor Is Blowing Up the City's Old Neighborhood Council System—and That's Good News for Renters
Neighborhood councils coulnd't be more easy to overtake by a small number of committed citizens, renters, urbanists, yimbys, or whatever labeled people you wish to organize. If you can't take over a neighborhood council, are you really qualified?
I'm a pro-growth renter in Wallingford who sees Doug Trumm's efforts as little more than politically motivated whining after having no idea how to effectively get involved. What did he do? He walked in to his neighborhood council and basically told everyone what they needed to do differently. Classic social-change fail, and it's equally problematic that The Stranger doesn't acknowledge this. To boot, his cited piece in the Urbanist fails to provide any actionable insight.....we know all of what he pointed out, and he offers just one perspective.
Oct 10, 2014
commented on Forbes Says Piketty Is Wrong: American Billionaires Are Self-Made
The Bill Gates story is analyzed at length in Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers, which digs into the systemic and accidental factors that play an incredible role in facilitating success. I highly recommend the read to anyone interested in economic equality and social policy.
Feb 7, 2014
commented on Tunnel Machine Is Seriously Fucked
Unfortunately for STP and others, they can't hide around, waiting for some special date to go by (like a ballot measure or vote in the legislature) before disclosing terrible news.