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Ross Williams

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Grand Rapids, MN
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Posted on 05/14/12 at 12:49 pm in response to Doughnut development in big urban areas is waning

I think the doughnut as an analogy is dying, but not the process it described. Instead the process of disinvestment has changed with older suburbs now suffering from the same process that hollowed out the central city, while the central city benefits from increased investment.

So we now have a bunch of holes developing in older suburbs while resources go to support new development in the exurbs and restoration of the central city. The argument that this is an "inversion" is...

Posted on 05/14/12 at 09:19 am in response to News media faces competition by more than other news organizations

"They're in competition with every site or service that helps people piece together bits of information to get through their day."

The business model for journalism has been creating an audience for advertisers. So journalists have always been in competition with anything that takes people's attention.

Posted on 05/10/12 at 09:42 am in response to Why Rep. Steve Gottwalt’s view of the economy doesn’t make sense

I think this misses the central point of Representative Gottwalt's world view. In order to have "class warfare" you have to believe in distinct social classes. Gottwalt's has a firmly held belief in social class and the superiority of his class over others.

If, on the other hand, you don't believe in social classes, but instead see a variety of shared interests that sometimes come into conflict, you don't see the conflict as class warfare. You see it as resolving natural conflicts...

Posted on 05/10/12 at 09:59 am in response to Rethinking Hennepin Avenue with urbanist Charles Landry

The problem with Downtown Minneapolis is that it is designed for automobiles. This is not surprising since we have invested huge amounts of money in freeways to get people to drive downtown. Not only do they drive, but they mostly all drive at the same time. So you need very wide streets to handle all that traffic and huge amounts of space dedicated to providing enough places for all them to park.

There are, of course, people who live downtown. But the economic and social life of...

Posted on 05/08/12 at 09:07 am in response to This is a debate? Mexico's presidential face-off a scripted affair.

It appears they had a debate that "was mostly an evening for candidates to articulate their positions", instead of the game show contests that the United States has. Can't imagine how informative for voters letting candidates articulate their positions would be compared to questions about what kind or underwear they have on. How do they attract an audience for advertisers that way?

Posted on 05/07/12 at 08:16 am in response to Ron Paul wins big in Maine and Nevada

The media consistently reported fictional delegate counts in order to sustain interest in their story line. The Minnesota Republican straw poll was non-binding and it looks like Ron Paul, rather than the media's declared winner Rick Santorum, will end up with most of the delegates. The same thing is happening in main. It doesn't matter any more, but if you followed the election reports as they happened you were consistently flat out misinformed.

Never has this from Mark Twain been...

Posted on 05/07/12 at 09:10 am in response to Ron Paul wins big in Maine and Nevada

If anyone doubts the importance of getting the story right. Rick Santorum became Romneys main opponent after "sweeping" the caucuses in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. It now appears Ron Paul won all three states in terms of delegates. Imagine if the story had been "Ron Paul sweeps Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota". Do you imagine Rick Santorum would have even still been in the race the next week? Probably not. Especially if that had followed a story about "Ron Paul's Victory in Iowa "?...

Posted on 04/26/12 at 09:19 am in response to Looking past the student loan headlines

"the rate adjustment doesn't even affect those currently in college."

This will affect almost EVERYONE who is currently in college unless they don't need to borrow money again through the Stafford Program.

"the interest rate adjustment will make a difference of about $7 a month in a graduate's payment."

That obviously depends on how much they borrow. Using averages doesn't really tell you much, its not students with very small loans that are in need of help.

"all...

Posted on 04/20/12 at 08:58 am in response to Yes, childbirth is more dangerous for women than the abortion pill

No one takes the arguments about health concerns seriously. This is about moral opposition to abortion.

Of course, like all theater, its more compelling if we suspend our disbelief and pretend the actors are real, rather than repeating lines from a script written to carry the story along. As participants in that theater, you need to act as if this is a rational debate over public policy. But it isn't. Its just theater with an eye on the next election and hits on the web page. The...

Posted on 04/18/12 at 01:43 pm in response to Who's dumber on the Vikings stadium: Dean Urdahl or Jim Souhan?

" ‘Your stupid’,"

Is anyone else troubled by this? Shouldn't it be 'You're stupid'?

Anyway, there is absolutely nothing new about misleading information in the STRIB. This is commercial media, its about entertainment and audience.

The real problem is this "he has marked himself as a Republican who is trying to kill a jobs and economic stimulus project." Anything that spends that much public money can be justified on that basis. We could waste the money in almost any...