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An Introduction to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Planning System

An essay for ENVS459 Implementing and Managing Change.  It discusses the main features of the planning system in Massachusetts. The essay received an 86, a high distinction. Written in June 2017. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ planning system reflects a balance between a legacy of local control and more recent state efforts to guide development in … Continue reading

The Effect of Transit-Oriented Development in Arlington, Virginia on Transport Choices

A term paper for ENVS411 Spatial Planning Challenges. It discusses Arlington County’s strategy for concentrating dense development along the Rosslyn to Ballston Metro corridor, and the effect on transport choices by residents. This report received a 72, distinction. Written in December 2016. Continue reading

Compulsory Licensing in the Context of India’s March 2012 Nexavar® Decision

A research paper for HNRS 302-001 Legal Issues in Globalization. It addresses the history of international intellectual property rights protection, the extension of that protection to pharmaceutical products, and the justifiable compulsory license issued by India for Nexavar® in March 2012. Written 17 April 2012. I. Introduction On March 9, 2012 the Indian Controller of … Continue reading

Chapter Keeps Abroad Brothers in the Loop

This article was originally published in the spring 2012 issue of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Journal. One chapter was challenged by a striking statistic: more than one half of American University undergraduate students choose to study abroad. The constant outflow of older brothers to distant schools and continents could have destabilized the brotherhood. New members would … Continue reading

ITES: Final Swing State Thoughts

This is the final entry in “It’s the Economy, Stupid” a 15-part series analyzing the local economic news in five swing states. For more than 100 days this series presented and analyzed the economic news of five swing states from the five regions of the country. Excluding this final post, just fewer than 17,600 words … Continue reading

ITES: Falling Confidence, Redevelopment Efforts

This is the fourteenth entry in “It’s the Economy, Stupid” a 15-part series analyzing the local economic news in five swing states. Unemployment is down – but so is consumer confidence. As several communities unveil economic development plans, others look to penny taxes and proposals for closing gaping budget deficits. With summer rapidly approaching, it … Continue reading

ITES: Buses Cut and Gases Captured

This is the thirteenth entry in “It’s the Economy, Stupid” a 15-part series analyzing the local economic news in five swing states. There are extra votes in Philadelphia, additional fishermen in the rivers and streams, and a gas dispute leaving some towns queasy. All those issues, funding disagreements, and Marcellus Shale define Pennsylvania this week. … Continue reading

The (at times) United States of Europe

A concise research paper for ECON 396-003 World Economic Policy. It addresses the development of the European Union, economic policy successes, and ongoing governance and  . identity challenges. Written 4 April 2012 The Europe of 2012 is markedly different and notably more united than the Europe of 1945, and for that reason alone the economic … Continue reading

ITES: Water less than Golf

This is the twelfth entry in “It’s the Economy, Stupid” a 15-part series analyzing the local economic news in five swing states. The hot air balloon is free, teens are still having babies – but not as many; and divergent plans emerge for historic sites. Those stories and more call the Land of Enchantment home this week, and … Continue reading

ITES: Amazon In, Marijuana Out

This is the eleventh entry in “It’s the Economy, Stupid” a 15-part series analyzing the local economic news in five swing states. The cherry blossoms bloomed early, Kentucky defeated Kansas, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its state employment report for February. Even as the cold days of that wintry month never arrived in the District, … Continue reading