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What happens next for the economy?

2020-03-23
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Michael Gilbert

John Maynard Keynes, the famous economist who argued for fiscal stimulus during the Great Depression, said “in the long-run we’re all dead.” Perhaps an appropriate equivalent is, if we fail to act, “in the short-run we’re all dead too.” No matter how we choose to handle COVID-19, there are economic ramifications, some of which are already being felt throughout the community.

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Hardywood in an Infallible City

2014-11-06
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Michael Gilbert

If you recall, a few years ago Hardywood was told by the City of Richmond that they owed back-taxes for meals tax after initially being told they owed none. Since the city seemed incapable of understanding their own city code, I help them out a bit, illustrating why Hardywood, by their own definition, did not owe any such taxes.

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Great Cities Do Smart Things

2014-07-14
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Michael Gilbert

Here I systematically take down the last-ditch effort to push Shockoe Stadium through with fliers titled "Great Cities Do Great Things".

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Get in the Van: City Hall To Go

2014-03-25
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Michael Gilbert

My original proposal for City Hall To Go. I have further developed the idea as part of reenvisioned city services, as well as ideas on how to leverage the data from these services to better all residents of Richmond.

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Useful Innocents

2014-03-24
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Michael Gilbert

The original response to Shockoe Stadium, and the need to educate residents on all aspects of the plan. Note: I wrote this while I was employed as the City Economist, because the city refused to heed my warnings, and instead wanted a "yes" for Mayor Jones to have his pet project approved. Not on my watch.

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Top 40 Under 40: Michael Gilbert

2012-10-16
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Ned Oliver

Economist, City of Richmond; Co-founder, RideRichmond

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Michael Gilbert — Crusader for a Bike-friendly Richmond

2012-06-01
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Dianna Stiles

With 260 miles of bike lanes and trails, Portland, Ore., is frequently listed among America’s most bicycle-friendly cities. If Michael Gilbert has his way, Richmond will be joining Portland on that list. "I think a healthy city is a diverse city, and a diverse city offers multiple if not equal transportation options to its citizens," says Gilbert.

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