Berkeleysider Michael Schaller writes in with what he reckons is a tiny bit of behavioral economics, as popularized in Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s book Nudge:

I’m interested in creative ways to solve social problems (à la the book Nudge). As a dog owner living near Ashby and Telegraph, I noticed the Whole Foods there now has a “dog hitching post”. I assume this is in response to complaints about people tying dogs to the bike rack and walkway.

Anyway, a creative solution — especially since I know other places have banned dogs all together in similar circumstances.

I’m not sure this is a “nudge”, so much as a small bit of cleverness in response to a little problem.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...