Uncapping Progress Increased immigration catalyzes technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Biochemist Katalin Karikó, a Hungarian immigrant to the US, invented the underpinnings of mRNA vaccine technology; studying her work prompted Derrick Rossi, a Canadian-born immigrant, to […]
Protected: Privacy Safetyism: balancING with innovation and transparency
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Is Massachusetts Really the least Transparent state?
I wrote this in early July 2021 (and sat on it — post became public June 5, 2022) during a debate over changing the rules of the State House pushed by the advocacy group Act […]
I’m running for town meeting in Precinct 3!
Michael Zoorob for Precinct 3 My name is Michael Zoorob. I’m running to represent Precinct 3 as a Town Meeting Member because I want to be an effective advocate for our Precinct and a progressive […]
Homeownership and Turnout in State and Local Elections in Brookline
This post compares participation in state and local elections among likely renters and likely homeowners in Brookline, MA, where I live. I will examine voting in three elections: first, the 2019 local election, which included […]
Supporting the Gateway East Bus Lane in brookline
Below is a copy of the letter I wrote to the transportation board in support of bus lanes on Washington Street. The featured image for this post comes from this YouTube video. Dear members of […]
Density, Covid, and the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem
The statistical association (bracketing causal inference at this point) between people living near one another (population density) and the rate of COVID-19 cases seems to vary between different levels of aggregation (e.g. neighborhood versus city […]
Homeowners of local politics (Brookline edition)
It is well-known that homeowners have an outsized role in local politics. In Brookline, 50% of residents rent and 50% own their homes. We also have a representative Town Meeting form of government, meaning that […]
Keep Brookline Dense
This is a copy of a letter to the editor published in the Brookline Tab print ediiton December 5, 2019 and online on December 7. — I appreciated your recent article “Despite traffic, more Brookline […]
Letter to Harvard Administrators about strike
HGSU-UAW, my campus union, has provided a simple form for emailing administrators about the upcoming strike deadline and urging them to stop a strike. They have even provided templates for different constituencies (undergraduates, family, faculty) […]