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Most Public Engagement Is Worse Than Worthless

Most Public Engagement Is Worse Than Worthless

Nothing good comes of public engagement in which the public isn’t asked questions they can meaningfully contribute to answering. This is not how you build a trusting relationship: a strong foundation on which to work together. This is how you corrode trust.

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.

The Stroad

The Stroad

A stroad is a street/road hybrid. Stroads are dangerous and unproductive, and if we want to build strong towns, we have to eliminate them.

How to Bike on a Stroad

How to Bike on a Stroad

So much of our road education is about fear. A shift in mindset and approach could change that.

Why I Never Moved to Portland

Why I Never Moved to Portland

My plan was always to leave Oklahoma for lovely, liberal Portland. It didn’t work out that way, but I got something much better by hanging around.

Peoria's Parking Problem

Peoria's Parking Problem

What happens when you fill your city with parking? Lots and lots of low value land, and not much else.