I am impressed with this website and the amount of work that has gone into
its hyperlinks. Especially I am interested - on a quick first scan - in the
quality of the arguments for a libertarian-ecologist alliance. This
individual is clearly ready to take on the impossible. Their use adjectives
and other intensifiers can be a measure of a writer's debating calibre. I
like (but also have apprehension about) the way this writer uses these so
sparingly. R O'T looks to me like a good advocate. So either we have an
impressive opponent against whom it will be useful to strengthen and
validate "carfree" arguments or we have someone from whom it may be possible
to glean original thinking. Let's agree that some great ideas get ruined in
their implementation. Maybe there are some warnings here about the messy
business of implementation. Let's see who uses this book and website.
----- Original Message -----
From: Oliver Hayden <hayden@...>
To: Carfree Cities Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2001 1:35 AM
Subject: [carfree_cities] Something to raise your hackles...
> Grrrr..... I'm going to be looking over this guy's stuff to see if there
> are any holes to shoot in it. He seems to be very roundabout and vague in
> backing up his statements... but it's certainly valuable to see a
> well thought-out (or at least long thought out) refutation of many
> on modern urban development and transportation.
> "The Thoreau Institute is pleased to announce a new book on cities and
> growth: The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths: How Smart Growth
> Will Harm American Cities.
> This book will help people understand and respond to so-called
> plans that threaten to increase urban congestion, housing prices, and
> while reducing urban open space."