Jay Cost, “Tim Pawlenty’s Path to the Republican Nomination” – from the article: After the 1968 convention debacle in Chicago, the McGovern-Fraser Commission of the Democratic party demanded an open nomination process, one that was instituted in advance of the 1972 election. The Republican party slowly but surely followed suit. Today, party nominations are decided via a byzantine and arbitrary process of caucuses and primaries. The original reformers never anticipated the mess that their rule changes have created. They hoped for an open and truly participatory party system, but instead we have gotten a nomination scheme that has rewarded divide-and-conquer strategies, favored parochial interest groups and bloodless campaign professionals, vitiated the traditional party organizations, and facilitated the rise of a permanent electoral campaign.
“The End of the Road: Saying Goodbye to Freeways” (NPR; h/t Josh) – from the article: Now that most cities are far less industrial, planners like Cleveland’s Brown remain focused on sustainability and about being able to walk places. “When you talk about improving the quality of life in neighborhoods and a city, that translates directly into increases in population and jobs,” he says.