My old friends Shirley and Gerry (now, sadly passed) went to the same university that I did, some decades before me. I was informed that right after World War II Rutgers was a low budget collection of make shift buildings scattered around various parts of New Jersey. Classes were held in an old razor blade … Continue reading A Century Long Experiment in Higher Education
The overwhelming perception of poverty in America is one of inner city black and brown people living off public assistance. This deeply rooted narrative doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the life experiences of the majority of the individuals in question. https://www.brookings.edu/ In recent decades poverty has migrated to suburbia. That shouldn’t be surprising … Continue reading Suburban Poverty
What exactly does the working class look like these days? There’s a lot written about it. People have all sorts of opinions on the topic. But what’s the reality? I’m in and out of a lot of homes in the neighborhood. Along the way I meet people busy doing work that doesn’t pay much in … Continue reading Working. Poor.
February is spring in Silicon Valley. The trees are in full bloom and if you squint and look in exactly the right direction it looks a bit like Kyoto. Until you turn your head slightly and realize you’re in a suburban office park, a cluster of garden apartment style condos, or a strip mall parking … Continue reading Spring In The Silicon Favela