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The Ultimate Bubble: The American Way of Life

The housing bubble is back, and I don’t think that we should be surprised. The housing bubble is actually a subset of a much larger over-valued system: The American Way of Life. Houses are to the entire Rube Goldberg apparatus of car dependency what fancy bathrooms and commercial grade kitchens are to the suburban home…

Living Redundantly

I think I would have bristled at the notion that efficiency and resilience were negatively correlated if it had been presented to me as such, and this despite the fact that in retrospect, I’ve spent a lot of time and money thoughtfully creating inefficient redundancies in my life. I would have bristled because I both…

Initial Impressions

There’s a great deal of analysis yet to be done but the final numbers are in: stranger danger is about 17 times more likely to come in the shape of an unknown person behind the wheel than an assailant with a knife or a gun. At least in 2016. At least in the greater Springfield…

Belchertown and Ware

Belchertown and Ware are two communities with which I am only passingly familiar despite their proximity to Springfield. The former is more rural in character while the latter has a past which is more closely connected to industry. Despite its name, Belchertown is a more fashionable community in the eyes of the residents of Western…