Pitting Cyclists Against the Homeless Is Peak Neoliberalism

If you read blogs about bikes you likely saw how Seattle’s DOT installed a dozen and a half bike racks in a place nobody would lock a single bike, let alone dozens of bikes. SDOT did this, quite obviously, to block homeless people from camping in the location, as everyone figured out pretty quickly. Condemnation… Continue reading Pitting Cyclists Against the Homeless Is Peak Neoliberalism

The Neoliberal Marginalization of Jane Jacobs

It’s always a good day when the beloved Jane Jacobs gets mentioned in the news. The writer and urban observer has been getting her much deserved revival recently via a lush graphic novel and even an opera chronicling her legendary toppling of development dictator Robert Moses. With all this hype around Jacobs, it’s hard not to notice how much co-opting… Continue reading The Neoliberal Marginalization of Jane Jacobs

Welcome to the Public/Private Partnership Totalitarian Police State

Weeks ago when the initial uprising in Ferguson was not yet an international news story, a white person whom I follow on Twitter declared that ‘Nothing like Ferguson has ever happened before‘. My response was one of bafflement. I asked how one could say such a thing. The dialog that followed was less than constructive, to say… Continue reading Welcome to the Public/Private Partnership Totalitarian Police State