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Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned

A couple years ago, I bought a $15,000 uninhabitable shack in Cincinnati, Ohio, hoping to renovate it into a nice two-story duplex for renters. Here's what went wrong.

Anaheim Transit: Suck it up

Anaheim Transit: Suck it up

Better transit is badly needed in the Anaheim region but rather than provide that, the regional government spent millions on a shiny, new auto-oriented facility.

The Precariat Shoppe

The Precariat Shoppe

In a world where brick-and-mortor stores are increasingly hard to maintain and afford, mobile businesses fill an important niche for both business owners and consumers. 

The Springfield Strategy

The Springfield Strategy

Most people load themselves up with massive amounts of debt in order to live the way they believe they’re supposed to. But there's another option.

The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come

We’ve got the built environment that we have and the overwhelming majority of it isn’t going to change.

Gazeboland

Gazeboland

The gazebo is a talisman designed to suggest a pretty illusion, but reality overwhelmed the dream.

Doing What Actually Works

Doing What Actually Works

Last year I engaged in a failed attempt to renovate an old house in Ohio. It ended badly. So I thought I’d do a follow-up on what actually does work given the legal parameters and cultural context.

Shortening the Supply Chain

Shortening the Supply Chain

By buying wholesome food in bulk directly from small family farms I’ve radically shortened the supply chain.

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

Last year I bought a $15,000 uninhabitable shack in Cincinnati, Ohio, hoping to renovate it into a nice two-story duplex for renters. Here's what went wrong.

Suburban. Comma. Transit

Suburban. Comma. Transit

Attempts to upgrade public transit by the central authorities in Los Angeles have been fought tooth and nail by residents, and illustrate why transit just doesn’t work when the local culture doesn’t want it.

Hacking School

Hacking School

When you're faced with the choice of living in an urban neighborhood with "poor" schools, or a suburban neighborhood with "good" schools, you find a work around. That's what these entrepreneurial spirits did in San Francisco.