Now that house prices are starting to come back down, but interest rates are going up, so people still can’t afford houses, there are going to be tons of theories about why the housing market is doing what it’s doing. Unfortunately most people don’t understand that market, so those theories are all going to be […]
NIMBYs don’t want their neighborhood to ever change. Urbanists want everyone to live in Greenwich. But every neighborhood does change, and most places aren’t Greenwich. Maybe most people aren’t so unhappy about change per se. Maybe they just don’t want it to happen so fast. It’s not so bad when my neighbor puts an addition […]
Olympia, like all of the Pacific Northwest and much of the US, is in the middle of a homelessness crisis. One of the drivers of this crisis is housing prices. In Olympia median list prices for homes has jumped from $260,000 to $355,000 between January 2010 and January 2019 (Zillow). And a major driver of […]
“Being happy” is a terrible, self-defeating life goal. So why do we keep seeing advice about how to be happier in pop culture?
So in this post about mass transit I made the same mistake a lot of amateurs do – I tried to solve the wrong problem. Kinda. Let’s try and fix that.
Local news is in decline. Stories of local papers being consolidated into titanic media conglomerates, shedding staff, cutting back on reporting, or all three are ubiquitous. This puts people who want quality local news in a bind. The only way to support your local paper is to buy it, but who wants to pay for […]
I would love to play a multiplayer Railroad Tycoon style game, with seasons of 1-3 months, shards with 6-12 players, and balanced for 15 minutes to an hour of play each day.
A thing that’s on my mind right now – how to tackle the last mile problem.
I just read the Aeon.co article Economics is Quantum by David Orrell. The author makes some solid points about the state of economics, but I think he’s missing an even bigger opportunity to talk about science & engineering in general.
UPDATE – Ecology has a new website. The MS4 FAQ still exists, but it looks like the underlying technology has changed. Nothing permanent on the web, I guess. Design is still generally the same, which is cool, but they killed the fulltext search/filter, which is lame. Such is life.