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    April 24, 2018

    Transit’s Expensive Demise

    It is an idea that seems intuitively like it should work.  Instead of us all separately driving a car to where we need to go, we’ll build some kind of transit system that will take us there.  No parking.  No traffic.  You can read a paper on your way.  What’s not to like?  The problem...
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    April 13, 2018

    City Council’s New Found Religion on Flood Control

    On Wednesday, City Council narrowly approved a sweeping revision of the flood rules specifying how high new buildings must be constructed.   The amendment to the ordinance is lengthy and complicated, but fundamentally it requires that buildings located in the 500-year floodplain must be built two feet above that level. The change will undoubtedly reduce the...
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    April 13, 2018

    Lowering Flood Levels is Vastly More Important than Raising Structures

    There are two basic strategies for mitigating flood damages.  One is to raise the level at which structures are built.  The second is to lower the level of the flood waters.  While flood mitigation policy should utilize both, the latter is vastly more efficient and effective. The first, and most obvious reason that lowering flood...
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    March 22, 2018

    What Our Founding Fathers Said About Political Parties

    The current ruling two-party duopoly is so ubiquitous that we take it as a given.  We teach the “two-party system” in government classes.  Taxpayers pay for their primary elections, notwithstanding that legally, parties are private associations.  We have allowed the two ruling parties to institutionalize themselves in our political and governing systems.  They get preferential...

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