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Paul Mackie
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Quoted this week by PBS Newshour, Pew Stateliness, and Raleigh Agenda
An interview regarding my work with Mobility Lab while waiting for a plane in the Albany airport after our regular summer vacation at Sacandaga in the Adirondacks resulted in some nice coverage from a Pew Charitable Trusts reporter. The article ran in Pew's...

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Improving safe routes to school through champions for open data
The following post is based on my presentation to a Safe Routes to School National Partnership webinar, “Harnessing the Power of Data to Support Kids Walking and Biking.” My slides and a recording of the webinar  can be found here . In the United States, ci...

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Portland’s new Biketown bikeshare proving popular and easy to use
The brand-new Biketown system in Portland, Ore., is already taking off, and a tour of its offerings shows a unique system that improves the transportation options of locals and visitors alike. It’s great for transportation geeks because it automatically pro...

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Do you see yourself as a Patagonia or Prada person?
A brand is really only an idea. Strictly speaking, a brand doesn't even exist.  That said, a brand is much more than just a logo or TV ads.  If your airplanes fall out of the air all the time, that's what defines you, not your social media or those other th...

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Janis Joplin's emotional intelligence shines through in documentary format
Don Adams of Get Smart interviewing Janis Joplin in the middle of the documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue is hilarious and a fascinating glimpse at a very different time in American pop history. I have never been a huge Joplin fan on album. But this documen...

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The good old days in Virginia apparently weren't so good (according to Mislaid)
Nell Zink's Mislaid begins as a promising examination of what life might have been like in 1960s to 1980s Virginia, but when the main character and her daughter suddenly decide to become blonde black people, it tailspins into a mess of a second half. It pet...

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Communicating transportation options, on “Talking Headways” podcast
My colleague Adam Russell wrote this up originally on Mobility Lab , about this 40-minute interview with me on the Talking Headways podcast that aired last week. How can cities and transit agencies better reach out to commuters and guide them towards modes ...

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Brian Wilson finds "Love & Mercy" in the 1960s and 1980s
Somehow I've never actually listed my 100 favorite musical acts (could have sworn I had, but a search of this blog turns up zilch). If I had, The Beach Boys would definitely be in my top 10, if not bordering on top 5. So of course the recent movie Love & Me...

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Mike and Dave may not be for critics, but it is for those who want to laugh
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is the perfect kind of movie to be panned by critics who are way too uptight to be caught approving of such low-brow taste. That said, it's also the perfect entertainment to kill a couple of rainy late-afternoon hours in Joh...

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Bill Murray takes Kabul by storm as a loser music agent
The latest Bill Murray vehicle is directed by  Barry Levinson , the Baltimore director of offbeat dramedies like Diner, Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, The Natural, Wag the Dog, and now Rock the Kasbah . A lot like Jon Hamm in Million Dollar Arm (which was ...
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