Oct 06, 2011

School facilities— anachronistic, expensive, isolating, and all around bad public spaces?

I wanted to write a lot more about this, but I just don’t have the time.

This storyis about rezoning schools in downtown Manhattan which is struggling to meet the demands of emerging residential neighborhoods. Reading this story (and struggle) just brought up something I’ve thought about ...

Sep 26, 2011

Downcity Residents Should Support the Core Connector and the Tax Makes Sense

I examine the direct costs associated with building a street car in Providence if they pursue the proposed special tax assessment zone. It turns out, taxing nearby residents for operations expenses is a pretty good deal for everyone.

Sep 16, 2011

Justin Baeder asks the Wrong Question on Teacher Evaluation

The flaws in up-and-coming teacher evaluation systems can be directly connected to the early union battles caused by mistrust.

Sep 15, 2011

Libertarians and Charity

As an undergraduate I largely avoided political science because I couldn’t imagine getting interested in reading The Republic, Leviathan, or Wealth of Nations. Political philosophy, and philosophy in general, just seemed like a horrible painful exercise, so I avoided it. Of course now that I’m involved in public ...

Sep 14, 2011

Apple Migration Assistant

Apple makes setting up a new Mac a breeze.