Some Thoughts for the New Plumber-In-Chief

Announced just over a week ago, your new infrastructure fund is now gone, Mr. President. It’s all been spent already, several times over, by politicians, constructors, lobbyists, trade associations. Get your staff to try googling “Obama infrastructure plan,” and up pop hundreds of thousands of web sites, and nearly every newspaper, magazine, financial analyst, and … Continue reading Some Thoughts for the New Plumber-In-Chief

Skeptics and Scarcities: Next Urbanism 101

I have been reading my usual array of favored websites, and have run into an interesting string of comments in the last couple of days. It seems that Michael Pollan's piece in the NYT Magazine, which I recommended in the last post, has ignited a furor in some quarters. Pollan is being accused of "eco-armageddonizing." Notwithstanding … Continue reading Skeptics and Scarcities: Next Urbanism 101

Feeding the Next City

  As I have noted here previously, I have been reading up on the history of food, and how we have arrived at the current state of industrial agriculture - endless fields of monocultures of corn or soybeans, giant factories filled with chickens or pigs or cows, a diet that featured 1/2 pound of high fructose … Continue reading Feeding the Next City