The Left Work Left to be Done

“I never meant to cause you any sorrow, I never meant to cause you any pain” This is not a postmortem of Bernie Sanders’s campaign. After Super Tuesday, I concluded that the only path for Bernie Sanders to win would be for Joe Biden to faceplant vigorously at the next debate, which hasn’t happened yet….

The Primaries Matter, but Don’t Forget the Bench

As we prepare to stare into the mouth of the (91% white) beast, I continue to have conversations with progressive people who have major qualms with Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or both. Not just surface-level qualms, either, but deep substantive concerns with major parts of their record or their proposals. I’ve had a number of…

Ronald Reagan as Radical Realigner: A Historical Pitch for Bernie Sanders

I don’t have much to say about the horse-race political stuff that’s happened over the last couple of weeks. I’m still, at this point, going to vote for Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders this spring, unless somehow neither of them are in the race by March. Right now, I’m leaning increasingly toward the latter, despite…

An End-of-Decade Reckoning

CW: Police violence, anti-Blackness As it turns out, most of the content I consume is not time-sensitive enough to make sense to make an end-of-decade list. (No, I’m not gonna do a top 100 mashups list.) So here’s my sole list contribution for the year: 100 Most Recent Confirmed Police Shootings of Unarmed Black People…

Against “Efficiency” in Corporate Labor Practices

It’s practically a meme at this point: Democrats are regularly guilty of adopting Republican framings in policy discussions. And of course, a generation of assuming median voter theorem is still in force has made some folks incapable of doing anything else. But I think we haven’t really assessed how deep this impulse runs. I have…

John Q, Our Flawed Origins, and the Value of Speaking Up

I was ten when I first thought about single-payer healthcare. Not in those terms, of course. But I had a very clear picture of what I thought was a fair system. And it’s all thanks to Denzel Washington. Let me explain. Denzel won his second Oscar for Training Day, in 2001. Being a two-time Oscar…

Reckoning with the Three-Digit Interstate: Part IV

IV: Moving Forward: Road Diets and Overlapping Jurisdictions Building sustainable cities is an endlessly complex problem that needs to be understood from multiple angles. With this look at suburban expressways, my message is not that focusing on improving urban cores is misguided. It’s that we have yet another angle that needs to be addressed. We…

Reckoning with the Three-Digit Interstate: Part III

III. Outer Freeways: The Stretching of Columbus, Ohio A common tidbit in urban planning conversations is that absent unusual factors, the average commute time has hovered around 22 minutes for hundreds or thousands of years, even as transportation has drastically changed. To some extent, this placed an outer limit on how large cities could be…