Like any clear-headed voter, I was in shock following the "what happened" 2016 election. I turned to Jane Jacobs for help and went straight for Dark Days Ahead” in my library and came to this in the first chapter: “…the death or the stagnated moribundity of formerly unassailable and vigorous cultures is caused not by … Continue reading Vote Early
https://youtu.be/5Tek9h3a5wQ?t=835 I have no idea if Aeon Video is a good source to use, but these few minutes of James Baldwin are vitally important to recall as words spoken a half-century ago. Even more instructive is the obsequious British joy in gaining Balwin's participation in their instruction, and then of the insight of Buckley who … Continue reading James Baldwin
On January 4, 2013, The New York City Independent Budget Office of New York City published a study on the cost of Hurricane Sandy in overtime pay. As part of that study, the chart below illustrates who made the most money. There is a way to look at this sarcastically but helpfully. The Police as … Continue reading In the Wind
https://youtu.be/93bQyZpRBds Unbreaking America: Justice For Sale, an 8-minute short film Expose the connection between the prison industry and our corrupt political system. The failure of America’s criminal justice system is a failure to trust. Trust this film. Pass the word. Desmond Meade was in prison for 3-years, and Omar Epps grew up with the system … Continue reading Represent Us! Damn It!
Whitney M. Young, Jr., Executive Director, The Urban League Opening Session: 100th American Institute of Architects Portland, Oregon, June 24, 1968 “You are not a profession that has distinguished itself by your social and civic contributions to the cause of civil rights. I am sure this does not come to you as any shock. You … Continue reading Whitney M. Young Jr.
Kara Springer created the image/public art above. A Small Matter of Engineering, Part II. "The attention given to the social construct of race and racism is four-hundred-year-complicated, the subject of multiple doctoral thesis, many excellent books, and legislation. On the other hand, there is an uncomplicated pre-systemic solution to racism for ordinary people available right … Continue reading Racism
Software, digital hardware, and the life-science industries are capable of adding jobs indirectly to a local economy as multipliers, in much the same way as the manufacture of autos and appliances, contributed decades earlier with one significant difference. The education of the workers. Job Multipliers Research and development firms in physical, engineering, and life sciences … Continue reading Jobs and Education
Life Imitates Malfunctions This section on malfunctions prepares a larger narrative. We are working on how America has 1) an unqualified health problem that includes the inability to use wealth for the effective self-study of health challenges. The importance of recognizing how 2) equality and equity for all Americans requires a system change that clearly … Continue reading Malfunctions
The causes of the housing problem can give you a facial tick. Here goes one recent example, the housing market has added single-family-rental securitization. This specimen is made of our old friend mortgage-backed securities that continue to be backed by inflated home value, and a rising market for rental housing. Combined with the collapse of … Continue reading Housing
Part Five - Every Change is a Second Chance: Change does occur by chance, having a readiness for it, on the other hand, requires an eagerness to be fit for the job. Hitting a search engine with the phrase "Theory of Change," you get something like the mosaic below. My favorite is the Theory of … Continue reading Second Change
Smithsonian “Salute to the Wheel” Map of Mesopotamia (3500 B.C.) Introduction This introduction to five explorations of system change is about discoveries, then I take a look at malfunctions as the heart of the issue, and explore some critical thinking gambits and pathways. I conclude with the idea that every change is a second chance. … Continue reading System Change
In taking on a major malfunction, breaking it into smaller pieces is helpful, but whether in big parts or the little ones it is hopeless when it comes to constitutional jargon. American's observing the jurist legislators of our nation have nothing better to do than tie knots in their tongues. There are reasons to do … Continue reading Congress and the Constitution
Part Three - The Box Gambit: The “rule” of this gambit is to connect all the dots with four straight lines by not allowing your pen/pencil to leave the surface of the page. Solving this graphic riddle will require some thinking, and trial and error to be accomplished. Try it four times. Good luck. Pen … Continue reading Box Gambits
Attacks at over 200 mph for the kill The Economics of a Pandemic in NYC The impact COVID-19 presents one of the most serious recovery challenges New York City has ever experienced. It will require a system change as it will, without doubt, reveal a previously unknown range of malfunctions. A practical example of how … Continue reading Pandemic in NYC
Part One - Discoveries: System change builds on the psychology of transparency in human relationships. In this openness, we find friends to love and leaders to trust with our tithings and taxes. The chart illustrates a heuristic method for building awareness, trust, and confidence whenever, a “never doubt” group decides to change the world. It was … Continue reading Discovery
Part Four - Critical Thinking Pathways: Research into the idea of malfunctions requires the insight of the arts well ahead of the imaginable political strategies around which there is so much negative sensitivity. Expanding "our reality" through the eyes and experience of others is often too esoteric, and not goal-driven. Not to worry, there are … Continue reading Critical Thinking
Part Two - Introducing Malfunctions: System changes occur in an environment of malfunction. Four were recently recommended to "The Albemarle Report" for exploration. They are developed only partially below and in more detail (here). The response to the Great Recession of 2008 reveals errors compounded in the govern m ent sector response to the Pandemic … Continue reading Malfunction
I found this must be old on what the 2030 report was supposed to create. I noticed a comment I made regarding the process that they picked up. If they were serious they would disclose the process used to accomplish one of their basic goals. Goal: Get a park/recreation facility within walking distance of everyone, … Continue reading Bodacious, Blueberry Wine and Bushwacker
As a planner interested in establishing strategic advantages, one of the first things to get done is an assessment of readiness. A good risk assessment helps reduce the need for crisis management. The risk-list can be very basic set of public responsibilies - fire response is the classic example of a known probability. Responding to … Continue reading Crisis Management
The “If Not Now, When?” American Health Care Crisis Since 2010, 100 rural hospitals have closed, and another 430 are at risk, yet 30 million Americans cannot get regular care, of which 63% are racial and ethnic minorities. These are the facts, the American health care crisis ends when everyone will routinely see a doctor regardless of … Continue reading Health and Economy
The following few thousand words seek a new value system for the professions of city and regional planning, architecture, and engineering. Your bones tell you, you smell it, there is the challenge of unclear change on the tongues of the public speakers. The sticky multiple versions of the truth offered in the political-speech of our … Continue reading Seven Elements/Four Topics
Knows where it is. Long live Mother Jones. They know they cannot fix all of the new forms of corruption destroying American democracy, but they are going to give it a try. You already know this to be their honest work, so click here to make a tax-free donation to the Corruption Project. The goal … Continue reading Looking for Justice?
Seth Agata, Executive Director JCOPE A modest step toward transparency began implementation in January 2019. Currently overseen by Seth Agata, Executive Director of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), lobbyists in New York must disclose all the public officials they target. The purpose of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics is … Continue reading The Wrench JCOPE
I call upon you to join this outfit and bring your expertise. I recently met some smart people from RepresentUS-NY who focus on the question of corruption in all its forms and seek to remove its occurrence with the aid of law enforcement and community activism. I want you to join them, get the emails … Continue reading Representanators
A look at the last few years in NYS to go forward. "The examination of people that get swept-up in offering or receiving a corrupt benefit reminds me of the punchline in a joke describing a negotiating process. 'You and I have already decided what you are; now we’re just haggling about the price." The … Continue reading Corruption
Wait to discover what the new Democratic members in the House have in common. There are three unelected 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 … Continue reading Fighting for America
Toward the end of 2018 in New York City during blue sky days, several planes with red tails would catch my attention. Was this more than coincidental? I did what any curious person would do in this situation; I Googled it. The universe answered. People photograph, collect and share tail images. The phrase, “red-tail plane” … Continue reading The Red Tail Plane
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 or War?
The wonders of representative government continue to surprise its observers for what it teaches us about ourselves. A President might radically alter democracy through social and fiscal policies, but the official public engagement of POTUS45 has an awkwardness about it. It takes a long time for a President and a political party to have an … Continue reading Groundhogs
Clip of the Chicago Seven floating online. Raised fists had value at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Tom Hayden died in October 2016 at the age of 76. He was a founder of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). It was a half-century ago, June 1962, when Hayden and some twenty-somethings of the SDS … Continue reading Revolutions