Monday, April 22, 2013

Why is urban planning so hopelessly complicated?

Municipal governments are besieged by business interests. If they put in light rail here, business X wins, there, Y wins. So sometimes it seems nothing will be done. So they bring in the urban-planning consultants with complex charts. Everyone dozes off, and business X or Y wins.

Urbanization is the future. Degrowth is the future. We have to make cities liveable, walkable, and pleasant. All the scrambling for profit is getting in the way.

Simply make the buses fare-free. Gradually eliminate cars. Then all the charts will have to be re-done.