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.
Must Love Dogs? If You Want the Job
Bloomberg View, February 13, 2018Until recently, the norm was for people who disliked, feared or were allergic to animals to tolerate brief interactions on the street or in a pet owner’s home. They understood that theirs was a minority view that marked them as weird, and they’d pretend not to mind your dog the same way people used to pretend that cigarette smoke didn’t bother them. But they could also count on spending most of their day without animal encounters. Offices, hotels and restaurants -- not to mention airplanes -- were pet-free zones.
Lessons From a Slow-Motion Robot Takeover
Bloomberg View, February 09, 2018Cotton harvesting is now dominated by machines. But it took decades to happen.
Youth! Street Life! The Case for Crowded Neighborhoods
Bloomberg View, January 26, 2018This Angeleno is thrilled with a plan to ease California’s urban housing crisis.
Oprah Is the Living Symbol America Needs Now
Bloomberg View, January 08, 2018Forget the presidency -- she'd be a terrific head of state. And the job is open.
Licensing Makes It Harder to Go Where the Jobs Are
Bloomberg View, December 28, 2017Want to relocate to another state to be a teacher or a plumber? Get ready to go back to school and pass another test.
Must-Reads of 2017: No, These Are Not Dark Times
Bloomberg View, December 20, 2017Two books tell us why humans have always been drawn to the light.