City-Planning

The Complicated World of City Planning

City planning is a huge undertaking. Cities develop as they grow, so planners must be very careful to work on projects that will help future growth, not hinder it. Concepts like how people move, where they will work or commute to, and what roads they’ll use to get there must be considered with years of…

Why Digital Wallets are Overrated

By Phineas Upham The term digital wallet sounds very trendy. The idea is that all of your payment information would be contained within your phone, so that all you’d ever need to do was scan it and be on your way. Digital wallets used the very Star Trek-y technology known as NFC or Near Field…

The Role of an Expert Witness in Construction

When a dispute arises, you need to do everything in your power to prove your side of the story or you face stiff legal penalties. The role of a construction expert witness can shift depending on how the proceedings are going. One part witness, one part mediator, these certified individuals can help expedite claims and…

Meet One of King Charles II Secret Supporters

By Phin Upham True to being a spy, not much is known about Sir William Davidson. On paper, he was listed as the 1st Baronet of Curriehill, and records also show that he was a Scottish tradesman based out of Amsterdam. Underneath all that is a man who served as a spy for the King.…

Sir Titus Salt: Socially Conscious Capitalist

By Samuel Phineas Upham Sir Titus Salt built his business around improving conditions for the people who worked under him. His greatest achievements in life revolved around trying to start a model village and factory to support the people who lived there. He is an important example of what socially conscious capitalism can accomplish. He…

Wealth and Contributions to Society

By Phin Upham Does the accumulation of wealth mean that you are positively contributing to society? There is a disconnect, even among the wealthy, that the amount of money one earns is directly related to the amount of good one does or is capable of doing in society. Making money means that you either sell…

Usury Defined

By Phineas Upham Usury is a word with a negative connotation today, but has always been highly debatable throughout history. The ethics of money lending present a complex relationship between the wealthy and borrowers. Usury has always been a practice that has been frowned upon when times are low, but exalted when aims and goals…