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Dispatches from Spokane: Living a Soft Default

Dispatches from Spokane: Living a Soft Default

Spokane is an excellent illustration of a “soft default”. Like virtually every other city in the US, it is functionally insolvent, but functional insolvency rarely results in legal bankruptcy—just diminished services and deferred maintenance.

Dispatches From Spokane: Introduction

Dispatches From Spokane: Introduction

The history of Spokane, Washington is a microcosm of what American cities as a whole have experienced. Spokane has lessons to teach us, including the power of incremental (but rapid) growth.

One Track Minds

One Track Minds

Our collective failure to make the bicycle a viable transportation option for most Americans says more about our confused approach to city management than it does about a movement to rid the world of bike lanes.

The 5 Immutable Laws of Affordable Housing

The 5 Immutable Laws of Affordable Housing

Here are the 5 immutable laws of affordable housing that cities must recognize if they want to move forward — plus 3 strategies for achieving true housing affordability.

Predictive Planning

Predictive Planning

A mechanistic approach to city problems exposes us to two harms: one is that we employ the wrong solutions. The other is that we actually make things worse.

The 5 Immutable Laws of Affordable Housing

The 5 Immutable Laws of Affordable Housing

There’s probably no panacea for housing affordability. Here are 5 immutable laws of affordable housing that cities must recognize if they want to move forward. Plus 3 strategies for doing so.

Educational Efficiency

Educational Efficiency

Like so much of our modern world, we seem to have boiled education down to a series of discrete inputs and outputs. This is convenient for making measurements, but I’m not convinced we have obtained any more wisdom about collectively raising productive, intelligent children in the last two centuries of public schools in the US than our distant ancestors. 

The Challenges of Building Rental Housing

The Challenges of Building Rental Housing

Zoning is often explicitly biased against renters. This creates challenges not only for the renting population, but also for small-scale developers who would like to build rental housing.