The Quiet Integration of Suburbia

Almost exactly 20 years ago, I wrote a ground-breaking story for The Virginian-Pilot about how middle-class suburbs were becoming more integrated than center city neighborhoods. At the time, this was quite surprising, because the suburbs were still identified as being a product, particularly in the south, to resistance to integration as as enclaves of white flight. Something brought the story to mind just now, and I managed to find a copy on my computer. It does not appear to be available online, at least not easily, although it is referenced in several scholarly books. Here’s the story.


Published: July 25, 1993, The Virginian-Pilot

Section: FRONT, page A1

Source: Alex Marshall, Staff writer

City Bicycle Sharing in New York City Ain’t Just Cute

The new Citibike public bicycle sharing system is up and running, and I’ve been trying it out. I’ve been really surprised by something really obvious once you start using it: it’s not just an amenity, it’s not just cute: it’s really practical. It’s a game changer. I talk about it here, in my latest column for Governing Magazine.

Words and Terms and Their BS Factor

I had a column come out in Bloomberg View last week about words and terms I feel move us away from saying things clearly, in contact with that objective reality which must be out there somewhere. It was gratifying to get in, because I’ve been thinking about such a column for years, and it was good to finally make an effort to put it on paper (so to speak), and then see it in print (so to speak.) Here’s the link to the column.

It’s already elicited some great comments, including this one from my friend and old colleague Mike D’orso. What he is describing is a bit different than what I’m talking about in the column, but it’s still a great list. Here’s the message from Mike: