Category Archives: City Planning

Systems Are More Than The Sum Of Their Parts

Yesterday I was reacting to the way a health agency minimized a terrible problem by presenting data in a misleading way, and I framed it as predictable behavior by a bureaucratic system.  While I may find the charts fascinating, this is a terrible way of introducing people to the healthcare challenges of people living in…
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Northern Disclosure

When big, complex, bureaucratic systems know they have a problem, they try to fix themselves.  This results from a mix of motives.  There is a natural impulse to improve the system for the benefit of end users.  There is an equally natural impulse to avoid the intervention of outsiders in the repair of internal system…
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What’s News With You?

Sometimes the most astonishing aspect of news isn’t in the headline or the fine print, it’s the priority we give to certain stories. Last month I was in Victoria, the capital of our third biggest province.  On the front page of the daily paper I read that an octopus had attacked a bald eagle in…
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The New Urbanism – Future to the Back?

My ruminations about Toronto as a city state have attracted a furtive trickle of readers over the past year (Toronto City Planning: Can a Goose Play Chicken? and Toronto as a City State.  My posts are repellent to web grazers in part because the issues seem intractable, and in part because my writing is dense…
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