Archive for March, 2008

The Forgotten Solution

Joseph Romm has made a number of very good points in his new Salon piece (and accompanying Gristmill post) on the problem of peak oil. He is, in my view, quite correct that oil prices will continue to increase based on supply and demand fundamentals. He is right that alternative oil source development would be […]

Approaching a Solution

I put in my two cents on the case for a homeowner bailout here. The discussion on the issue has continued with posts by Mark Thoma and Brad DeLong (involving a bit more analytical rigor than you’ll see here), but the ideas remain the same. I think DeLong says it best: [T]hat when the major […]

Oh, and Last Night

The Nats beat Tim Hudson and the Braves in dramatic fashion, on national television. There was awkwardness, however, mainly provided by our chief executive. He got booed while throwing out the first pitch, which didn’t bother me in the least. I know folks argue that we should respect the office, but I’d suggest that we’ve […]

Nationals Park

So, I had the opportunity to check out the Nats-Os friendly on Saturday evening, and my experience was very similar to the Nabob’s. First, the bad news. It did seem like Metro didn’t quite glom to the fact that people might show up and decided to run trains every 15 minutes or so. This was […]


You all know I’m very much in the congestion pricing corner. It improves transportation efficiency, reduces emissions, it’s progressive, and it’s a great way to fund transit improvements. I’m also intrigued by pay-as-you-drive automobile insurance: Drivers who are similar in all respects—age, gender, driving record—pay roughly the same premiums whether they drive 5,000 or 50,000 […]

A New Target

The City Paper’s Jason Cherkis writes: Nothing seems to make our local paper happier than spotting a neighborhood in the midst of a renaissance, a rebirth, or just sort of coming back. Today, we get the happy headline: “A Rapid Renaissance in Columbia Heights” under the byline of Paul Schwartzman. Let’s forget the bad crime […]

Big Boxes

Yesterday’s Times took a look at some of the massive projects in the works in New York City–developments like Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards and Manhattan’s West Side Railyards–and lamented that the designs are so utterly uninspiring. Richard Layman builds on the theme, noting that the waves of construction proceeding along Massachusetts Avenue and up toward Florida […]

Non-Annoying Ads Department

The Mac banner ad playing over at the Times homepage is pretty cool. I don’t know if it’s Orbitz putt-putt cool, but it got my attention and didn’t annoy me. Very American Apparel-esque. Note to internet advertisers everywhere–the Mac ad doesn’t expand, drop down, or otherwise cover the page in ways that make me search […]

Target, the Wrong Target

My Washington readers might be interested in this new look at the Columbia Heights Target at Campus Progress. Its focus is on the store’s outreach to the (large) local Latino community, which is somewhat lacking, but I was especially drawn to this concluding passage: But the store’s decision not to include bilingual signage reflects the […]

Prince William County

I don’t really know what to say about this, except that it’s sad and infuriating. And shameful. Obviously, the housing crash has significantly affected the lives of Latinos in Prince William County, but there were two ways for the county to handle that. It could treat all residents with equal dignity. Or it could declare […]