Peter Gordon's Blog

A blog exploring the intersection of economic thinking and urban planning/real estate development and related big-think themes.

Jul 29
History lesson : You can never know enough history. I have lived most of my life in Los Angeles and most of my professional life has been at USC. But I still know too little about each....
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Jul 24
Envy : GDP (in some form such as per capita, real per capita, real per capita change, etc.) is the widely used proxy for an area's well-offness....
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Jul 20
We do not know : What do we know about cities? To simplify shamelessly, 1....
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Jul 18
Pray for "gridlock" : I recently did some teaching in China. What did my students hear from me?  Among other things, there is Good Capitalism and Bad Capitalism (to borrow the title of a fine book on the subject)....
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Jul 13
Clarifications : Neil Irwin (at Economix, July 11) tell us the latest from Uber and Lyft (still unable to link from you-know-where but source is easy to find). Two things bear repeating....
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Jul 10
Long way around is better : Joseph Epstein wrote a moving tribute to his friend Edward Shils "My Friend Edward" (in his Narcissus Leaves the Pool; unable to link using behind-the-Chinese-Wall connections)....
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Jul 6
Cities and organs : It's a simple but profound point made by Hayek in The Fatal Conceit: there are two ways to get to non-zerosumness, markets and love; do not expect one to do the work of the other; each one has its pla...
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