Problems We Don’t Really Want To Solve

I have a lot of conversations with people about the challenge of doing fill-in-the-blank: improving public schools, building affordable housing, replacing corporate chains with local mom and pop shops, getting public infrastructure expenditures in line with the local tax base… And here’s my general response. We, as a society, don’t want to solve these problems. … Continue reading Problems We Don’t Really Want To Solve

No One Will Ever Inherit Great Grandma’s Particleboard Furniture

A friend of mine has a wooden dresser she inherited from her family. It was handed down generation after generation since it was first made in Austria in 1805. This piece of furniture has seen two centuries of history. It served through the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It survived both the First and Second World Wars. It’s … Continue reading No One Will Ever Inherit Great Grandma’s Particleboard Furniture

Super Bowl City

I headed downtown to check out Super Bowl City today. I was expecting the usual street fair with live music, hot dogs, cotton candy, and kitschy souvenirs. Instead I hit a wall of security. Literally. The Super Bowl Village is well fortified with serious airport style security. It’s impossible to just wander in. Heavily patrolled … Continue reading Super Bowl City