Losing Your Shirt: Amazon’s Anticompetitive Edge in Pricing

Amazon is playing a strange game involving pricing of some of its products, selling them at a hefty loss. It’s not really clear why.

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Port Angeles CRTC: Giving New Flight to Aircraft Scrap

In Port Angeles, Washington, Vishva Nalamalapu hangs out at the Composite Recycling Technology Center, or CRTC, with Michigan transplant Nicole Wright, to learn about all of the cool stuff they are manufacturing from aerospace industry scrap.

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Centralization: Economy of Scale? Looming Disaster? Lil Bit of Both?

Streetcars, gas and water pipes, power lines, and other “invisible networks,” to borrow a line from the title of Ann Durkin Keating’s book, make up a vibrant history of infrastructure in which centralization vs. decentralization is a big debate.

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Black Ocean Strategy? Private Firms Are Looking To Cut Themselves A Slice Of The Infrastructure Pie.

Wall Street and Silicon Valley are looking for access to infrastructure as they seek out new markets and sources of reliable revenue streams and growth potential. It’s good work … if you can get it.

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Sidebar: What Actually Happens To Those Overdue Water Bills?

A followup to the Dennis Kefallinos article with a response from the Water Department on why the delinquent property owner has been allowed to rack up several hundred thousand dollars in delinquent bills. The response may have opened up more questions than it answered.

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Detroit Gets It Right On Vaccine Rollout

Vaccine rollout in Detroit has gone a lot better than management of the pandemic when it first started, and for this, the city should be given credit.

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Debt or Asset? How Utility Shutoffs Are About To Be A Big Problem.

Springtime and mounting debt related to COVID19 means utility shutoffs are coming. At least probably. Here are some ideas for how we can fix our broken systems for utility billing– and how we subsidize utilities through programs like LIHEAP without actually moving the needle on energy poverty.

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BUILD GREEN Act Charges Forward With Electric Transit. Is It The Right Move?

Public utilities are apprehensive about vehicle electrification because it’ll require a huge amount of investment in grid infrastructure. A new legislative proposal to electrify transit systems might make this a bit easier by delivering a big economy of scale.

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Dennis Kefallinos Owes Half A Million Dollars In Water Bills.

DURING MY BRIEF, 45-MINUTE STINT WORKING IN THE DETROIT BUILDING DEPARTMENT, I remember a day when a slick, older gentleman

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