Planning (page 15)

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    Brookings report on schools and zoning

    Jonathan Rothwell of the Brookings Institution just published a new report, “Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools.”  Education reporter Keung Hui wrote a clear and balanced story on the Brookings report in today’s News & Observer. Let’s get a few things out into the open.  Like all…
    Terry Stoops, April 19, 2012
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    That’s it for The Mint

    Triangle Business Journal reports that The Mint – a heavily subsidized and seldom patronized restaurant in downtown Raleigh – will close.  The white tablecloth establishment opened in January 2008. Mayor Charles Meeker and his allies in Raleigh city government gave The Mint every possible advantage – from a…
    Terry Stoops, April 10, 2012
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    Planner Ethics: another oxymoron?

    Last night I made a presentation to the Wendell town commissioners about the JLF’s “Review of the Wake County Transit Report.”  Before the meeting, I had a pleasant conservation with the Wendell city manager, Teresa Piner.  She was interested in my previously published comments about the Raleigh food truck…
    Michael Sanera, March 27, 2012
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    Remembering Whittaker Chambers

    Whittaker Chambers captured the essence of the intellectual appeal of communism better than anyone in the Cold War era.  His 1954 book, Witness, had a powerful influence on me. The intellectual attraction of a utopian world is still strong in the left today, environmentalism, smart growth, sustainability.  Thomas Sowell traces…
    Michael Sanera, March 2, 2012
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    Helping the poor is not intuitive

    From the Bleeding Heart Libertarian blog, Matt Zwolinsky has an interesting note about how our intuitions on how to help the poor are not reliable when trying to develop public policy measures.
    Kory Swanson, February 29, 2012
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    Barone uses D.C. Metro’s woes to make larger point about central planning

    As subway systems go, the Washington, D.C., metro generally earns pretty good marks. But Michael Barone‘s latest column explains why its problems offer “examples of how central planners — and especially rail-transit planners — can get things disastrously and expensively wrong.” Deferred maintenance and…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2012