The wealth of the United States is known and its median household income is sixth highest in the world. The people on this list know that the opposite of that wealth is not poverty, it is the injustice. The reasons for this are many. They can be explained in the fine detail of economics, markets, … Continue reading Economic Justice People
Everything happens all at once, so thank your stars that the people who watch come in groups. All of them have a diversity of views and experience in American political thought. The rate of divergence is disturbing but for the first time, the gem of a tightly edited tweet might make a difference. I have … Continue reading Tweet O-Rama
Let Creation be Creation "Draw a line around the urban world and offer unlimited growth. Offer a true wilderness on the outside of that line. That is the place from which we all came. Getting those two things done, or well underway is all that is needed to solve all our problems. Build good cities … Continue reading Three Out of Five
America is an urban nation and while Bernie Sanders' campaign for president is a shock to the Democratic establishment’s old suburban guard, they might be able to absorb his policies. The reasons for this are also political. He is authentic, likable and persuasive. He is also trustworthy, 223,000 donors sent him $5.9 million from within … Continue reading Sander’s Agenda
"One number above all other metrics suggests a housing affordability and infrastructure emergency is pending. It is around 40,000 people living in NYC shelters with a growing percentage of emotionally distressed and mentally ill people in the population. The number alone is less telling than realizing how and why it is lasting at this number … Continue reading Cities are Different
What if the Isle de-Jean Charles was Canarsie, Brooklyn? "Without weapons, claws or fangs, humans are not built to kill, but when one group of humans is forced to say to another group facing a life-threatening condition, “we cannot help you now," I do not know which group is worse off." Rex L. Curry Trust.org … Continue reading Isle de-Jean Charles
The following chapter from "Finding Density" looks at the simplicity of water as a regional development strategy. Combining the duality of land/water systems as interdependent brings ideas for density, or "compacity" into focus. It also turns to a growing dependency on transit-oriented designs with this interest in taking a look at the Northwest by not … Continue reading It is the Water Stupid
At a recent business school event for newly admitted students with my son, I suddenly felt very strongly about the offer of forming a student club during one of their presentations. Academically it is an encouragement to form learning communities. I imagined the name as a club for “Students Who Do Nothing.” When I said … Continue reading Students Who Do Nothing
How well is the program for Housing New York doing? Is it serving those most in need or fueling gentrification? A little bit of both is the verdict by our friends at the Independent Budget Office (IBO). They put their fiscal eye on 78,000 units financed under the plan from June 2014 through June 2017. … Continue reading IBO on HNY/2.0
The big problem is having a nonrenewable energy system. It has a lot of little problems inside, such as GHGs or wait time for a technological fix. The nastiest of these is the “catastrophic resolution” problem that takes the “whereas” logic of a “resolution” full circle in a very weird way. One strategy that doesn’t wait … Continue reading Short List the GND
30+ Years of Freedom of Information Action Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars The National Security Archive (NSA) works to put a check on rising government secrecy. The NSA combines a unique range of useful functions: a center for investigative journalisma research institute on international affairs a library and archive of declassified U.S. documentsan … Continue reading National Security Archive
"Thinking does not solve problems it merely expresses the possibility. One thought expresses a vast human capacity. It brings to mind a contemporary criticism of the medical system that defines a healthy person as one who has not been fully worked up. It tells us that cities are like that - never fully worked up, … Continue reading Political Tech
Green New Deals, Gross Domestic Product, Triple Bottom Line
The plan for compacity
a parallel universe problem
The glory of American style politics and the power of its global businesses and industries is unchallenged. They have yet to act in response to the demand for a strong public investment in mitigating the risks associated with climate change. The failure to act is not the question, thousands of ideas are flowing in the … Continue reading Dealing New Green
~ On the Future of Democracy ~ Hundreds of writers focus on American democracy, yet the ability to conference meaningfully toward a collective capacity for persuasion has yet to be successful due to the "reporting" rule of journalism. It will be shattered soon. Examples of how and when the rule breaking might begin are sought, … Continue reading Writers Wanted
Watch and pull out what might be essential ideas for the urban agenda. All of the good ones are tucked away in this now famous Vox series (here). https://youtu.be/iY05U7GaU5I https://youtu.be/MKt1KpGg0vg https://youtu.be/Icq60Uxd3As https://youtu.be/7Z2XRg3dy9k https://youtu.be/cZ7LzE3u7Bw https://youtu.be/RBKhpV6MYto https://youtu.be/mS5WYp5xmvI
Amidst tweets of deceit, greed, vengeance, and betrayal, scan here for some gems of truth.
Taxes are what we pay for a civil society.
Examinations of Power & Contol Balance .
Persuasion is a responsibility of its producers. The writer’s list project asks what can writers do with a list of billionaires and an interest in shifting narrative strategies in ways that will improve the density of all media on questions of democracy and great wealth. Wanted: Writers on the Future of Democracy Hundreds of writers … Continue reading Writers List Project
There are three leaders working 24/7/365 to get more Democrats and Independents in the House and Senate. They are Nina Turner, the new president of Our Revolution, Maurice Mitchell, the new national director of the Working Families Party and Yvette Simpson, the new chief officer of Democracy for America. They share concerns for the dignity … Continue reading Triumvirate(s)
This project will continue to develop content based on the confidence embedded in the following idea. Project-based and experiential learning builds a path to success in every effort.Teachers that love to teach, teach their students to love learning. Asperger’s Syndrome Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders, with … Continue reading AS on ASD
If one thing could damage the Republic, it would be the strategies and tactics of "divide and conquer." The folks that created Indivisible organized it in the aftermath of 2016. They are fighting this behavior as contrary to American values. Everything discovered since that national election tells us that a revival of interest in local, … Continue reading Urban Politics
The idea of a CD Nine Indivisible faded into the following outfit. It has remained keenly interested in Federal, State, and City races using the following resources serving Brooklyn voters. They have an interest in putting people on the street, get them out organizing and into the voting booths of election districts throughout Brooklyn. Decision Workbook: Social Media … Continue reading Indivisible Brooklyn
On the question of truth, the advice I give to colleagues is to use the best source I know of for knowing what is true. It begins by taking a walk of about a square mile around your home or work. Tune your senses to a reflective mode to include where you would not or … Continue reading Peace in Truth?
Same old Congress, and same old story for District 9 Democratic Primary CANDIDATEVOTEPCT.Yvette Clarke*14,80451.9%Adem Bunkeddeko13,72948.1% 28,533 votes, 99% reporting (528 of 532 precincts) The last four put her at 53%. What is that? * Incumbent Was this tight margin a wake-up for Yvette Clarke? Yes, she doubled her campaign funds in 2019. Will she enjoy the expense … Continue reading 26 June Summary
Following the 2016 American Presidential election, I turned to the writing of Jane Jacobs. I went straight for “Dark Days Ahead” on my library shelf and immediately came across this helpful passage in the first chapter. "...the death or the stagnated moribundity of formerly unassailable and vigorous cultures is caused not by an assault from … Continue reading 2016 Keeps Repeating
The analysis that follows is part of a long-term effort to establish an independent group of observers and analysts who live or work in each of the Congressional Districts of New York City beginning with the Ninth CD. The boundaries change but you will always be in one of them. It will include a portion … Continue reading The Clarke Record