Velo, Rapido | This is about a few different things.
I've been kicking around the right way to announce a thing I announced to my colleagues a week ago. That thing being that I'm leaving Gotham Gazette. The reasons are both simple and complex, but the simplest is that the publication really, really needs someone to evaluate web analytics tools not someone to tackle the big, fun, challenging question of why New Yorkers aren't more interested in public policy. Well, I think they do need the latter, but fundamental scarcity of resources means that the former is winning out. These are good questions, though. The civic engagement ones, I mean. Is it because we think policy is impenetrable and our legislators are all bought? Is it because we don't notice that land use decisions matter until developers are breaking ground on a sky rise across the street? That we think the game is won already? I'm not sure, but I think changing the way people think about local policy is a really interesting part of our project here.
Secretly, I am a brilliant inventor. It is how I've always rocked myself to sleep, imagining ever more complex machinery. I've kept projects going for weeks, reviewing past innovations in my head. Compost contraptions, cold frames and graywater systems figure prominently. When I was a teenager, before I got to ...
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