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22- Evaluating Philly, Part Two

Having identified an affordable plot in Philly to build a tiny home on, I realize that evaluation can’t stop there. I have to address my reasons for this simple living experiment: autonomy, community and sustainability. With these values in mind, how might life in Philadelphia look like the one I have now? How might it look different?

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20- Replicability

When crowds of people shout their solutions in the midst of a problem, we get a cacophony of discord. But when they offer solutions supported by replicated data, we can form consensus and make change together.

Scientifically speaking, replicability—the ability to repeat an experiment with statistically-similar results—is how we

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11- Declaration of Non-Independence

Independence is a cornerstone of the American ethos. Its essence—separate, self-directed, unaided, flourishing success—seeps from the storied founding we celebrate on the Fourth of July to the self-reliant, bootstrapping moral imperative demanded of its citizens. This independence is a legend I overvalued for…

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09- Wages and the City

While states have made improvements, cities are making some of the most revolutionary wage changes. To date, at least“41 localities have adopted minimum wages above their state minimum wage.” Seattle-Tacoma, Nassau County, NY and Flagstaff, AZ have set their minimum wages $2.25 above, $0.75 above and $0.75 below the living wage…

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