Christmas Stockings Are an Industrial Triumph
The Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2021Special stockings for holding gifts were unimaginable before modern technology and economics made socks cheap and abundant.
How Dodd-Frank Locks Out the Least Affluent Homebuyers
Bloomberg Opinion, November 09, 2021Rules intended to protect borrowers and rein in fees have drained the profit from small-dollar mortgage lending. Who suffers? People who are straining to start building wealth.
America’s Supply Chain Collides With California’s Nimbyism
Bloomberg Opinion, October 25, 2021A regulation at the Port of Long Beach has clogged national deliveries. It is emblematic of the state’s impasse on housing and other development.
Starbucks Is 50 and Emboldening Its Rivals More Than Ever
Bloomberg Opinion, October 12, 2021Evolving from a stark Milanese design to a cozy Main Street cafe, it has energized a thriving counter-movement of independent coffeehouses.
California’s Smart Plan to Let Homeowners Be Homebuilders
, October 03, 2021The way to blunt Nimby resistance to badly needed housing construction is to give single-family owners a path to profit from new development.
Are Career and Family Incompatible?
Bloomberg Opinion, September 19, 2021A Q&A with economic historian Claudia Goldin on women’s long struggle to balance the demands of work and children — and why government policies aren’t the answer.
Would You Trade a Parking Spot for an Extra Bedroom?
Bloomberg Opinion, August 09, 2021A bill in the California Legislature would allow developers more freedom to decide what works best for a given project.
How Textiles Became the Fabric of Summer
Zócalo Public Square, August 05, 2021And What Rally Towels, Picnic Blankets, and Pride Flags Tell Us About Being Human
The Big Question: Can U.S. Schools Recover From the Pandemic?
Bloomberg Opinion, July 04, 2021A Q&A with outgoing Los Angeles schools superintendent Austin Beutner on how technology, data, federal funding — and Hollywood — are helping to revitalize the country’s second-largest public school district.
Indigo Dyeing May Hold Key to Future of Fashion
Bloomberg Opinion, June 22, 2021Technological innovations, not a nostalgic return to “natural” products, can reduce the environmental impact of textiles and clothing.