Author Archives: Fred Zimmerman

If Silence=Death then Voter Suppression=Murder

What’s good for the body politic is good for the body. From 1990’s AIDS activism to today’s attention to community-based participatory research, public health has long recognized that good health requires healthy debate. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation captures the importance of voice to health as a key driver of a Culture of Health: In a […]

Shrinking Santa Monica

In Measure LV, Santa Monica voters will decide whether to sharply restrict the height of future buildings. While the supporters of LV are coy about it, there is no way to vertically shrink Santa Monica without building fewer homes. And that has costs.   Read Center for Health Advancement Co-Director Dr. Zimmerman’s recent guest post in the […]

Trump’s Missing Tax Dollars Are a Missed Opportunity

Trump took a loss of $916 million dollars in 1995: this we know. He may have avoided paying income tax for the next 18 years: this we suspect. Pundits are focused on what Trump did or didn’t pay, took or didn’t take, gave or didn’t give. I want to know: where might his tax money […]

The Geometry of Justice

Atlanta highway congestion

On a recent trip to Minnesota, a good friend — someone I like and whose opinions I trust — blistered my ear about the self-entitlement of public transit authorities.  He was speaking particularly about Metro Transit in the Twin Cities, but some of what he said could be leveled at lots of transit agencies.   They […]

Density gets People Moving

Map of urban zoning in Berlin

I’m in Berlin this week, and I’ve been amazed how quiet it is. Unlike Paris or New York, where you’re always hearing trucks backing up, horns honking, and motorcycles zooming through, Berlin is stunning for its quiet.   Germans seem to put a premium on quiet. I remember a friend telling me that he’d gotten […]

Tax more tomorrow

Two of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the US are electricity generation and transportation. But while the electricity sector is doing a great job bringing down its emissions, the transportation sector is not. Why not? Mostly because of a complete reluctance among politicians to raise the gas tax.   A recent study […]

US Gas Policy Gets Tanked

As if right on cue, the New York Times is reporting that Americans are buying gas-guzzling vehicles again. Sales of SUVs and pickup trucks are back up to historically high levels, and 75% of people trading in a hybrid or electric vehicle are replacing them with gas-only cars. This is terrible news for the environment […]

Public Health: A vision in sight

Tiana Miller is a stand-up comic who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 20.  It took her another 2 years to qualify for Medicare because of disability, an exercise she describes as a full-time job in itself. During that time, lacking any insurance, she charged all of her treatments to a credit card, […]