I was in Atlanta last month and was encouraged to poke around by the people who invited me. For my entire life the greater Atlanta metroplex has grown in population, geographic size, economic importance, and cultural relevance. As the locals like to remind everyone, Hartsfield-Jackson is the busiest airport in North America. Half the people I … Continue reading Obstacle Course
People talk about how respectable families need to live in the suburbs because inner city schools are really bad. But whenever I explore the suburban landscape I discover that the suburbs are also divided up by school district. For every one desirable suburban school there are five or six substandard ones. Keep in mind, the … Continue reading Bad Schools: That’s A Feature, Not A Bug
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
I want you to take a long hard look at these photos. Where do you think they were taken? A refugee camp in Syria? The county animal control facility? A public housing project? A minimum security prison? Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo? Google This is actually the premier high-end public high school in Quartz Hill, … Continue reading Why Do We Do This?
Here’s a little trend I’ve noticed as I travel around the country. As substantial numbers of both Millennials and Boomers continue to migrate away from car-dependent suburbs toward walkable mixed use neighborhoods there’s a matching shift in the quality of public schools and other city services. The photos above are an example. This 1950’s … Continue reading Public Schools: Rising and Falling