Bylund

There are very few researchers who document the positive effects of disasters. But a very few do note that a disaster also injects a lot of new money into a region. Tough way to get a little economic activity going, but the imperative is to repair. Per L. Bylund is one of the rare birds […]

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Focus Groups

  I’ve written often about the concerns I have with research techniques.  This column was inspired by my attendance at a focus group.   I was just asked to attend some focus groups and I was reminded of the dozen or so reasons I don’t like them.   First, rich and busy people usually won’t […]

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Anamatics

Competitive advantage can be achieved in a political campaign through the better use of a blackboard and chalk, more phone lines for the phone bank, more volunteerdrivers or better use of new technology.  We’re never sure which technological wave will stick and which one will affect the outcome of a particular campaign.  I speculated about such […]

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What to Wear

  In 1967 Singer/Songwriter Scott MacKenzie (Philip Wallach Blondheim) gave some advice that may still hold.  “If you’re going to San Francisco/Be sure to wear/Some flowers in your hair.”  I did go, several times.  I dined at the Cliff House, Fisherman’s Wharf, and put a quarter in the human jukebox.  The human jukebox occupied a […]

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Sketch Comedy

There is an unresolved debate about how much of urban planning or architecture is sociology and how much is science. What’s lost in this debate is that both may contain a little more sketch comedy and Vaudeville than imagined. In the UK, it’s more Music Hall traditions. Here’s an example. Edinburgh’s tram is hundreds of […]

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The 60’s Then and Now

There were a lot of divides in the 1960s. In fact, the 1960s probably didn’t really begin in 1960. Eisenhower was president until January 20, 1961 and he brought the 50s with him. In Canada Prime Ministers Diefenbaker and Pearson both looked like they were from a bygone era. Dief was a prairie populist, distrusting […]

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