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Virginia Postrel

America’s Supply Chain Collides With California’s Nimbyism

A regulation at the Port of Long Beach has clogged national deliveries. It is emblematic of the state’s impasse on housing and other development.

Low-rise stacking at the Port of Long Beach.

Low-rise stacking at the Port of Long Beach.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

It could be the tweetstorm that saves Christmas.

Last Thursday, Ryan Petersen, the chief executive of logistics company Flexport, rented a boat to get a close look at what was happening at the port of Long Beach, California. Friday, he took to Twitter to report what he’d learned about why two of the nation’s largest ports — Long Beach and Los Angeles — have come to a virtual standstill.