MHP Reflections

Truth and consequences

"America did not tell the millions of men and women who came from every country in the world and who -- with their hands, their intelligence and their heart -- built the greatest nation...

Choose courage

The growth that once propelled America and generated expansion, upward mobility and a pervasive prosperity is now the weakest in at least seven decades. So we’re anxious. Still, there are points of light like consumer spending,...

The power of 10

I was sitting in his office as he recounted the secret of life. It was 2005 and we spent the next two hours talking about everything from his theory of successful urban planning to...

One punch can change everything

Association, after all, is pivotal to human existence. We touch on the association of smell and its impact on leasing apartments in our story, "Clearing the Air," on page 28, and promise a deeper dive...

Lean into it

American optimism lives, though scuffed. The latest Gallup Poll shows an uptick in the Economic Confidence Index, after a six-week "morose." Pundits caution that there remain obstacles ahead that may challenge the air in...

A primer in tribalism

You know, like, "I'm a Mac," or "I'm a PC." That's called tribalism. Back in the day, the unity of the tribe, in its purist form, was based on kinship. If you weren't kin, you were...

The laws of human nature

Andy, a ‘Bama boy, lost his mother to cancer and his father in a car wreck shortly thereafter at the age of 19. He spent the next months homeless and wandering. Certainly, early and profound...

Class warfare and how the Vietnam war finally ends

“He got rid of the intellectual elites,” said my guide. “Brutal—but I think it saved our country. I mean, consider what happens to a place when workers are devalued...” I was dazed by his words....

It’s good to be king

Except that the farm isn't worth a whole lot right now, so I'll hold the wager to myself. Strong fundamentals, constrained supply and the lion's share of jobs are going to our residents and...

Who says you can’t go back?

I've got Bon Jovi stuck in my head. It's hard not to after reading Wendy's story on the rock- star-humanitarian-amazingly-cute-family-man. Jon is an all-round cool guy who wants to change the world through multihousing. Imagine...