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…

Reckoning with the Three-Digit Interstate: Part II

II. Intermediate Freeways: The Ballad of Garfield Heights Suburban freeways, as a whole, are a study in contradictions, especially from a racial and socioeconomic perspective. But for our purposes, we should draw some distinctions. The Katy Freeway, mentioned at the end of Part I, is actually a radial freeway that carries traffic toward and away…

Reckoning with the Three-Digit Interstate: Part I

I. Toledo, Minneapolis, and the Entrenchment of Suburban Freeways I moved to Toledo with virtually no knowledge of the city, but I’ve been captivated by numerous parts of its history. (Ask me sometime about Turtle Island, one of the smallest islands in the world that is divided between two states/countries.) Toledo’s reputation largely stems, though,…

The Maddening Ordinariness of the Miami Shooting

CW: egregious police violence I’ve seen a lot of people calling the police shooting of the UPS driver in Miami “unthinkable” or “unprecedented” or other similar adjectives. The facts are unquestionably grotesque, with roughly 200 shots fired into the truck by police with no evidence of return fire (despite police claims of return fire), and…