Nathan Walpow

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Nathan Walpow is the editor of, an affordable housing advocacy site concentrating on Southern California housing, transportation, and sustainability. He’s also the author of four Joe Portugal mystery novels, with the fifth, Bad Developments, currently appearing on FourStory as a weekly serial.

Watching the Numbers

When I was a kid, I loved watching presidential election returns. Every four years I’d get to rush home and sit in front of the TV and watch as the […]


Doctor Evil Lives!

Remember in the first Austin Powers movie, when Doctor Evil, recently thawed out from a couple of decades of suspended animation in orbit, gets hold of an A-bomb and threatens […]


Kinda Not There Yet

Don’t get me wrong: I’m happy that Senator Obama will be the Democratic nominee. It says a hell of a lot about how far the country has come. And I […]


Just What Does “Brass in Pocket” Mean, Anyway?

I’m an impostor. No, that’s not right. A pretender? Okay, that’ll work for now. And I’m not talking Chrissie Hynde. I make my living in two ways. The first is […]


You’ve Seen One Hussein, You’ve Seen ‘Em All

I’ve been thinking about democracy a lot lately. It happens every time there’s an election. Every time I start getting bombarded by mailers for candidates and propositions. Every time I […]


The Big Blue Bin

Everybody’s into recycling, and using cloth grocery bags, and vaguely associated issues like not tossing your used-up D-cells in the trash. Everybody?


I Really Want to Be Wrong

Around the beginning of February I caught wind of the Permanent Source program here in California. Evidently the governor (and you all know his name) got it into his head […]