Land Use Regulations and “Social Engineering”

All forms of land use regulation are explicitly “social engineering”. Full stop. Let’s acknowledge that reality as we move forward. The question is never whether we’ll be engaging in manipulating society through land use regulations, but how and why.   The typical pejorative reference to “social engineering” includes things like government built subsidized low income … Continue reading Land Use Regulations and “Social Engineering”

Municipal Solvency: How to Not Go Broke

There’s currently a lot of talk about why so many towns, counties, and states are going broke. “Teachers are getting paid way too much.”  “Cops and fire fighters have extravagant pensions.”  “It’s waste, fraud, and abuse.”  “It’s welfare queens.”  “It’s immigrants.” “It’s the Democrats.” “It’s the Republicans.” But here’s the truth. Even if you fired … Continue reading Municipal Solvency: How to Not Go Broke

Spring Bees

  This afternoon I was in the kitchen and heard the very distinct sound of a bee swarm outside the window. It’s spring so I immediately thought one of my hives was getting ready to pick up and hit the road. Sometimes bee hives grow very quickly as the queen ramps up production of new … Continue reading Spring Bees