Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Depending on what the definition of "is" is: Local DC edition

with apologies to Bill Clinton (see "Bill Clinton and the Meaning of 'Is'" by Timothy Noah from Slate Magazine), definition is an issue when it comes to DC Councilmember Jim Graham's defense of his not reporting an alleged attempt to bribe him. See his definitional defense in "Stop calling it a 'bribe'" from the Washington Post.
book cover, Corrupt Cities: A Practical Guide to Cure and Prevention by Robert Klitgaard, H. Lindsey Parris

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