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‘Housing First’ puts lofty goals about real-world results

Proponents of housing first claim that housing is a basic human right, and a permanent and stable home is the best platform from which to help people overcome the challenges that led to their homelessness, including the problems of mental illness and addiction.   As a result of this premise, …

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Life Is Too Short To Drink Subsidized Wine

Can the quality of California wine taste better than it already does? Apparently there’s a way to grow grapes that will do just that.   A farming experiment at ​​Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles has produced grapes that, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, are “noticeably tastier” than grapes from …

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Prop 29 Isn’t Kidney-ing Around

During the pandemic, suddenly everyone became armchair medical experts – much to the chagrin of actual epidemiologists. We soon learned the dangers of politicizing health issues.   But on this year’s ballot, California voters will have to become armchair medical experts when they vote on Proposition 29, who will be …

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About Free Cities Center

Cities throughout the West face rising crime, soaring housing costs, a sprawling homelessness crisis and devastated downtown areas following two years of COVID restrictions and the aftermath of destructive protests. Policymakers typically address these and other urban problems in a piecemeal fashion. They fail to understand what makes great cities thrive.

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Urban bike lanes no answer to climate change ‘code red’

But not in California, where the barriers to having a constructive debate about this issue are many. They start with the huge logical gap between the state’s goal to have “eligible” renewable power sources and zero-carbon resources supply 100 percent of California’s electricity retail sales and the electricity used by …

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Union power makes urban reform nearly impossible

It’s well known that private-sector unions imposed higher costs and competitive disadvantages on companies that remained in cities. In a 2010 Cato Journal article, Stephen J. K. Walters explained that unions sparked their transformation “from engines of prosperity into areas afflicted by economic stagnation, chronic poverty, and all the social …

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First thing we do, let’s retrain all the planners

As a group of rebels bantered about the possibilities of an England with a new king in William Shakespeare’s “Henry The VI,” Dick the Butcher suggests “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Though the (likely sarcastic) comment resonates with many, we need to keep lawyers around. …

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Want to save cities? Then revamp urban schools

Want to Save Cities? Then Revamp Urban Schools Want to Save Cities? Then Revamp Urban Schools There are many reasons for the decline of America’s cities, but one of the key reasons why many families flee older urban areas is because of the poor quality of urban public schools. Research …

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In Political Speech, “Universal” Means Anything But

Every few months, the argument to “universalize” some sector of the economy captures national attention – be it for universal health care, universal childcare, or universal student loan forgiveness. All the arguments have an all-too-often overlooked fatal flaw: they assume goods are not scarce. In economic terms, all goods have …

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Tax The Rich To Pay For The EV Scam

On the ballot this fall is a measure that, if passed, would hike taxes on California’s richest residents to fund electric vehicle and charging station subsidies. Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t like it, calling it “​​one company’s cynical scheme to grab a huge taxpayer subsidy.” He’s referring to Lyft, the top …

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‘Housing First’ puts lofty goals about real-world results

Proponents of housing first claim that housing is a basic human right, and a permanent and stable home is the best platform from which to help people overcome the challenges that led to their homelessness, including the problems of mental illness and addiction.   As a result of this premise, …

Agriculture

Life Is Too Short To Drink Subsidized Wine

Can the quality of California wine taste better than it already does? Apparently there’s a way to grow grapes that will do just that.   A farming experiment at ​​Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles has produced grapes that, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, are “noticeably tastier” than grapes from …

Blog

Prop 29 Isn’t Kidney-ing Around

During the pandemic, suddenly everyone became armchair medical experts – much to the chagrin of actual epidemiologists. We soon learned the dangers of politicizing health issues.   But on this year’s ballot, California voters will have to become armchair medical experts when they vote on Proposition 29, who will be …

Blog

About Free Cities Center

Cities throughout the West face rising crime, soaring housing costs, a sprawling homelessness crisis and devastated downtown areas following two years of COVID restrictions and the aftermath of destructive protests. Policymakers typically address these and other urban problems in a piecemeal fashion. They fail to understand what makes great cities thrive.

Blog

Urban bike lanes no answer to climate change ‘code red’

But not in California, where the barriers to having a constructive debate about this issue are many. They start with the huge logical gap between the state’s goal to have “eligible” renewable power sources and zero-carbon resources supply 100 percent of California’s electricity retail sales and the electricity used by …

Blog

Union power makes urban reform nearly impossible

It’s well known that private-sector unions imposed higher costs and competitive disadvantages on companies that remained in cities. In a 2010 Cato Journal article, Stephen J. K. Walters explained that unions sparked their transformation “from engines of prosperity into areas afflicted by economic stagnation, chronic poverty, and all the social …

Blog

First thing we do, let’s retrain all the planners

As a group of rebels bantered about the possibilities of an England with a new king in William Shakespeare’s “Henry The VI,” Dick the Butcher suggests “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Though the (likely sarcastic) comment resonates with many, we need to keep lawyers around. …

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Want to save cities? Then revamp urban schools

Want to Save Cities? Then Revamp Urban Schools Want to Save Cities? Then Revamp Urban Schools There are many reasons for the decline of America’s cities, but one of the key reasons why many families flee older urban areas is because of the poor quality of urban public schools. Research …

Blog

In Political Speech, “Universal” Means Anything But

Every few months, the argument to “universalize” some sector of the economy captures national attention – be it for universal health care, universal childcare, or universal student loan forgiveness. All the arguments have an all-too-often overlooked fatal flaw: they assume goods are not scarce. In economic terms, all goods have …

Blog

Tax The Rich To Pay For The EV Scam

On the ballot this fall is a measure that, if passed, would hike taxes on California’s richest residents to fund electric vehicle and charging station subsidies. Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t like it, calling it “​​one company’s cynical scheme to grab a huge taxpayer subsidy.” He’s referring to Lyft, the top …

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