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 […]
Category: Political Stuff
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 […]
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) […]
Dispensary density and sales
Please find replication materials (code and data) reproducing all figures and statements made in this blogpost at this link. One perennial theme on Brookline’s Townwide Discussion Facebook page is the NETA cannabis dispensary, with a […]
Norfolk 15th Primary Election (MA state House, 9/4/18)
In the weeks leading up to the primary election, I walked around this state house district and counted/geocoded all the lawn signs for the Norfolk 15th State House race in a smartphone application. (These are […]