The nation laughs last

Yesterday British voters decided that their country should leave the European Union. I have never been so disheartened by the outcome of an election in which I had so little a personal stake. Since I am neither a European nor … Continue reading

The consequences of closing down Flint

There are basically two ways which we can deal with any problem which has become a crisis: we can redouble our efforts to fix the problem, or we can abandon the situation—these are roughly the two options which are metaphorized … Continue reading

The economists’ whole city

Edward Glaeser, Giacomo Ponzetto, and Yimei Zou have a fascinating new working paper in which they attempt to determine whether it is preferable, from the point of view of economic development, to follow a course of urban development which prioritizes … Continue reading

When quotes are allowed to sprawl

Few books have had such an influential effect on trends in American planning over the past two decades as Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck’s 2000 book Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American … Continue reading

Lullaby, and goodnight, go to sleep little filer

There were plenty of things to object to in last night’s Republican debate: Donald Trump’s praise of a program called “Operation Wetback,” Ted Cruz’s flagrant innumeracy, and Rand Paul’s paranoid hand-wringing about hard money, amongst other staggering abuses of reason … Continue reading