Israeli Invents Cardboard Bike!

Israeli Invents Cardboard Bike! Creativity counts!  It’s exciting when you see someone take a resource such as recycled corrugated cardboard and create bikes out of it.  Folding the board in a particular way gives it great strength and then a coating (resin?) makes it waterproof.  A final coat of paint makes it spiffy…  He plans …

Engineering Infallability

In local issues related to new sewers, river restoration projects, road design, bridges and dams, we turn to the engineering consultants with that same unquestionable focus we used to bestow upon doctors. “Well, that’s what the engineer says”, becomes the standard answer when you challenge a civic decision, even when so-called common sense lights the warning lights.

Being Local…

Last night I attended a talk by economist Michael Shuman in Traverse City.  His latest book is Local Dollars, Local Sense:  How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.  (These are my notes and reflections from his presentation 02OCT12 at the Haggerty Center on beautiful Grand Traverse Bay.) …