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Showing posts from July, 2013

Becoming a "More Perfect Union"

Happy Independence Day!

I've talked about a number of challenging issues on the DrUrbanPolicy blog: decreasing housing affordability, the need for better policies on infrastructure, gentrification and segregation, the need to plan better for our future, political corruption, the problems we face from lazy legislation and gerrymandered districts and more.  A discussion of policy change usually often means discussing problems - if there was no problem, there would be no need for policy to address it. Some may think about the challenges and be down on America - I opened the Washington Post this morning to read an article from a Canadian historian who gave his perspective that the American Revolution was a failure.

This week's overthrow of the Egyptian government and the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg are reminders of how unstable government can be. A century and a half ago, the country was torn in two, and Egypt's military just dissolved their government. The p…