On Life in the Desert: The Troubling Need for Cars

The problem is more than just poor public transportation, it's the layout of our cities and suburbs. Most places in America were designed assuming everyone has access to a car. Thus we had planners thinking "it's okay to zone this four-square-mile subdivision as residential only, no stores" or "it's okay to put an eight-lane highway between this neighborhood and downtown" or "nah, we don't need sidewalks near this elementary school." Better layout would have made these places more livable even without good public transportation.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm 5

On Concerning Eschewing Ivies and Raising Working-Class Heroes

@tad123 @andnowlights True, those are real examples of hostility to the rich. What I was objecting to was the idea that this hostility extends beyond the actual rich to "anyone with any money," which I took to mean anyone who isn't poor or close to it.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm 0

On Concerning Eschewing Ivies and Raising Working-Class Heroes

@andnowlights There's a huge gap between "trust-fund kids" and "anyone with any kind of money." I don't see any hostility against the latter here. If you do, could you cite some examples?

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm 0

On Labor (Profs) vs Management (Administration) at Colleges Heats Up

Buffy images will never not be a good way to get my attention.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm 1

On Snacks On a Budget: Everything You Need to Know About Popcorn

Another topping idea: good old fresh-ground black pepper.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm 0

On On the Scourge of 'Office Speak'

"Activation" is a new one on me. Maybe it's because I work in education and there isn't enough money around to make us worth activating. Meanwhile, a "train seal" is probably just a trained seal, but I'm having more fun imagining a seal driving one of those miniature amusement park trains while balancing a big red ball on its nose.

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm 1

On Economic Theory of Dating Websites

If I paid sixty bucks a month for a dating site, I'd hardly have enough money left to go on dates. Which I guess would be a good example of filtering in action.

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm 0

On The Cable Cabal

I live in Maryland just outside of DC. I'm thinking of dumping Comcast and signing up for RCN internet and cable. Have any of you tried RCN, and what do you think of them? (Especially in my area, but anywhere, really.)

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm 0

On Privilege Check On Aisle Nine

You lost me at "Buzzfeed."

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 9:05 am 2

On One Company's Productive Work Set-up

@bgprincipessa Forget “people,” I’m worried that *I* would become overly protective of *my* spot in this arrangement.

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm 0