The Barlow

Shopping mall developers are exceptionally good at what they do. They’ve spent the last few generations refining all the little design elements that make a place profitable for retail trade. Their buildings go up fast, return a profit for investors, generate tax revenue for local government, and create jobs. That’s why the same big box … Continue reading The Barlow

Slack Haven: Slow Urbanism

I’m not a “fight City Hall” kind of guy. I can’t be bothered with the imperial intrigue of Washington or state politics.  I avoid anything done on a large complex scale. Instead, I look for local affordable rational work-arounds that get the job done under the radar in places that the big boys just don’t … Continue reading Slack Haven: Slow Urbanism

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