The Nature of the Problem

6 thoughts on “The Nature of the Problem”

  1. The Circumlocution Office from Dickens Little Dorrit,
    The Circumlocution Office was (as everybody knows without being told) the most important Department under Government. No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart. It was equally impossible to do the plainest right and to undo the plainest wrong without the express authority of the Circumlocution Office. If another Gunpowder Plot had been discovered half an hour before the lighting of the match, nobody would have been justified in saving the parliament until there had been half a score of boards, half a bushel of minutes, several sacks of official memoranda, and a family-vault full of ungrammatical correspondence, on the part of the Circumlocution Office.

  2. As a resident of this particular community, I am thankful for the straight talk from Johnny and The Incremental Development Alliance. Opportunity is knocking in MidTown Columbus!

  3. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein.
    Perfect quote for American city building as it exists today. Sad thing is, try to do anything sensible and a wave of rage rises up from the commuting classes (ie in Charleston with I-526 or the new bike lanes in San Diego).

  4. Economic development incentives for restaurants and retailers? Craziness. I worked in economic development for 12 years but thank goodness those communities weren’t stupid enough to do that.

    You’re right about that kind of streetscape being everywhere. There must be a few thousand miles of that stuff in the US.

    If the homes get cheap enough they could be renovated and leased to low-income people. If the commercial space gets cheap enough it could be leased as studio space for artisan production.

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