Tag Archives: transportation

When you’re in a hole, start digging?

Early this year I wrote a post based on a quote from John Maynard Keynes, the famous British economist of the last century. Keynes had an idea about filling a hole with bottles filled with money, covering the hole over … Continue reading

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Next bus: 5 minutes

Way back in 2002, I lived in an apartment in East Portland just off Burnside Street. At first, I thought the proximity to Burnside would be kind of a bummer (the nearby Sandy Hut notwithstanding). But after I few days, … Continue reading

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More than sustainability

Sustainability means doing the minimum necessary to avoid ecological or societal trauma, whether for one location or ecosystem, or worldwide. In other words, it’s a half-measure. People like half-measures. Public discussions of sustainability tend to reflect giving people everything they already have, but … Continue reading

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Tunneling our way to recovery

While reading about Obama’s plans to pull the economy out of a nose dive, I happened upon this quote from John Maynard Keynes: “If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with bank-notes, bury them at suitable depths in disused … Continue reading

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Brother, can you spare a paradigm?

Aubrey Cohen’s Friday piece on the Seattle housing market got me thinking about paradigm shifts. The shift from faxes to e-mail, for example, took more than a decade. The internet has fundamentally changed business and everyday life –but slowly. In … Continue reading

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They’re driving me crazy

When drivers’ manners and safety are discussed, it’s generally about their impacts on each other. But ask anyone who walks – the whims of drivers have huge effects on pedestrians. I admit to some bias as a constant pedestrian and … Continue reading

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