California Turns to Homeowners to Help Solve a Crisis
Bloomberg Opinion, May 21, 2018A new state law that allows owners of single-family properties to build guest apartments is showing plenty of promise in easing the housing crunch.
How I Caused California’s Housing Crisis
Bloomberg Opinion, May 20, 2018Efforts in the 1980s to curb the state’s explosive growth are having unintended consequences three decades later.
Trump and the Rules of Celebrity Politics
Bloomberg Opinion, May 08, 2018In dominating Twitter, the president joined the American tradition of embracing new media just as Eisenhower did with TV, says author David Haven Blake.
American Exceptionalism Is Fading Yet Formidable
Bloomberg View, April 20, 2018The backlash against Facebook threatens a major market advantage over China: freedom to grow out of control.
The Future of Clothing Isn't in Tatters
A Conversation with My Colleague Adam Minter
Bloomberg View, March 31, 2018The global trade of new and used garments is sorting itself in surprising ways.
The Politics of 'Roseanne' Are Recognition and Empathy
Its radical premise: Recognizing diverse viewpoints can in fact showcase the things we share.
Bloomberg View, March 29, 2018I’d never seen a single episode of “Roseanne.” But in the interest of cultural commentary, I cranked up my ABC.com app to see what all the fuss -- and the extraordinarily high ratings -- was about. Here’s what I learned.
Why Toys 'R' Us Is More Than a Business Story
Bloomberg View, March 15, 2018Its vast inventory prepared us for an age of infinite choice.
How Ponchos Got More Authentic After Commerce Came to Chiapas
Reason, April 2018Instead of erasing Zinacantec distinctiveness or replacing artisanship with standardized products, commerce and industry led to an efflorescence of textile decoration. Women and girls continued to weave garments on backstrap looms, but instead of following the same stock designs, they invented new ones. Far from representing cultural loss, the evolution of Zinacantec weaving demonstrates how commerce can unleash creativity while affirming identity.
California's Love of Cars Is Fueling Its Housing Crisis
Bloomberg View, March 06, 2018Reforming one-size-fits-all parking requirements is one of the simplest ways to ease California's housing crisis.
Laser-Worn Levi's Are the Start of Something Big
Blomberg View, March 02, 2018Another step in the computer-driven transformation of apparel manufacturing.