My Motivated Reasoning

I brainstormed titles and urls for this blog and its accoutrements for a few hours and then went over them with my wife. There were a few I liked apart from Rational Urbanism: Sense and the City; Real Urbanism; and Urban Sense among others. I decided on “Rational Urbanism” because with so many of the

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It’s the Schools, Stupid! (Part II)

The main idea of the first part of this essay was to explain the “income effect” on standardized testing. Of all the demographic factors impacting outcomes on standardized tests, the most significant is parental income. This relationship has been shown to exist not only when the wealthy or the poor cluster, but when they do

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It’s the Schools, Stupid! (Part III)

The weight, as it were, given to the importance of statistics in parts I and II of this series can so easily be misinterpreted. Statistical analysis has its place in rational decision making it is true, but demographics are not destiny for the individual and the most important decisions about teaching and learning are fine

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It's the Schools, Stupid! (Part III)

The weight, as it were, given to the importance of statistics in parts I and II of this series can so easily be misinterpreted. Statistical analysis has its place in rational decision making it is true, but demographics are not destiny for the individual and the most important decisions about teaching and learning are fine

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It's the Schools, Stupid! (Part II)

The main idea of the first part of this essay was to explain the “income effect” on standardized testing. Of all the demographic factors impacting outcomes on standardized tests, the most significant is parental income. This relationship has been shown to exist not only when the wealthy or the poor cluster, but when they do

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It’s the Schools, Stupid! (Part I)

I’ve lived in my new house for 4 years now. It’s 3 blocks away from the apartment I’d lived in for 3 years after my divorce, and a block and a half away from the condominium where I lived with my family for 13 years. The first year here saw my youngest daughter’s senior year

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It’s the Schools, Stupid! (Part I)

I’ve lived in my new house for 4 years now. It’s 3 blocks away from the apartment I’d lived in for 3 years after my divorce, and a block and a half away from the condominium where I lived with my family for 13 years. The first year here saw my youngest daughter’s senior year

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The Myth of Inadequate Downtown Parking

These photographs were taken between 3:15 and 3:45 p.m. on a Thursday in mid-September. (During a website update many of the photographs were accidentally deleted. Today, February 8th, 2015, I will be searching my computer for the lost images, especially the surface lots.) Garages (These are all open to the public and less than 5

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Making Cities for People Who Hate Cities

This is the building they want to eviscerate, particularly along State Street, the very frontage seen most completely here in all its permeable(In pedestrian terms) glory. It is 3:34 a.m. and I can’t sleep. A local developer has released a plan to rehabilitate one of the most beautiful buildings on the city’s central plaza: Court

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Mo’ Good Beats Less Bad

There is a concept, an idea, a new way of understanding the impediments to reinvigorated and revitalized cities which I think could be revolutionary. In shorthand it’s that the problem isn’t having too much of the bad, it’s having too little of the good. This became obvious to me as I analyzed data about violent

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