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Drought Amid Plenty

In an average year the city of Los Angeles receives 13 billion gallons of water in the form of rain. (15 inches of annual rainfall x 503 square miles of city land is 13 billion gallons.) According to the LA Department of Public Works the city uses about 13 billion gallons of water each year. 374 more words

Misadventures in Azusa

I just spent a week in Los Angeles. Oy. What a massive schlep. I was in Pasadena interviewing a couple at their home (blog post to come… 537 more words

Commie Skin Jobs

This is Riga, Latvia. The Baltic Republics had a particularly difficult time during the twentieth century with Nazi Germany invading in 1941 and Soviet Russia occupying them until 1991. 648 more words

The Great Hollowing Out

After years of moving around my family ultimately settled in Toms River, New Jersey. Toms River is consistently ranked among the “best places to live,” “best places to raise a family,” “best places to retire” and so on. 928 more words

A Delicate Balance

I spent the afternoon down in Silicon Valley visiting friends. We hired a driver and made the rounds to local wineries to sample their wares. Evidently a lot of tech money has found its way up into the hills where large fortunes are turned into slightly smaller ones by way of the grape. 655 more words

A Different Approach

As part of a thought experiment I examined one specific neighborhood in a typical small city in Georgia. I’m using this town not because it’s unique, but because it’s absolutely normative. 1,405 more words

The Nature of the Problem

Here’s a familiar streetscape. You see this all over the country. This road is congested during peak morning and afternoon commutes, but pretty lifeless the rest of the time. 610 more words