Re: WorldTransport Forum People first: Transport Planning and Policy for the Urban Poor
- Given that it is the urban poor who bear the brunt (bear the largest costs) of destructive/exclusionary transport systems while gaining the least, it seems difficult to justify postponing a discussion of this topic that Eric so wisely has proposed.Is an acceptable compromise with Lake's point about preparation to hold a less formal / more open forum discussion on this topic for at least part of August, i.e. instead of polished articles, wider participation in the form of open discussion and contributions?with good wishes,Aaron
2009/7/22 Lake Sagaris <lake@...>
Eric – This is a great topic – urban transport and social justice/poverty elimination. But I think we should take more time to organize it and plan several columns/opinion pieces/informative articles to provide a solid basis for any discussion. I think several people from Interface for Cycling Expertise partners in developing countries could contribute, but we need more lead time to do a good job. I will copy this to some of them.
From: WorldTransport@yahoogroups.com [mailto:WorldTransport@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Eric Britton
Sent: July-22-09 3:40 AM
Subject: WorldTransport Forum People first: Transport Planning and Policy for the Urban Poor
Over at World Streets – http://WorldStreets.org/ -- we have started just this month to organize month-long ‘conversations’ on selected sustainable transport topics which we believe can be enhanced by specifically focused, time-delimited discussions. The first of these (still in process for the month of July) has been looking at carsharing from a number of angles. You can get an idea of how this works out by clicking to http://tinyurl.com/ws-carshare.
The focus topic selected for August is a new collaborative approach in Italy which you can check out today at http://tinyurl.com/ws-italy .
That’s just fine, but I have been burning over the last two years or so to organize an all-continent collaborative conversation to have a closer look at People first: Transport Planning and Policy for the Urban Poor, and I would now like to see if you might have any thoughts for us on that if we were to make it a focus topic for August or September.
The need is huge, we have been seeing here through your conversations about Indian cities, but there is a big and all too often unjust world out there and the urban poor are being ignored – other when they get angry and start burning cars and buses – in our sector as in many others. And indeed in ALL parts of the world.
So we have a real topic here, and for my part and if we can get enough support for this idea, I would like to dig in already in August, even though that is only a bit more than a week away. Our topic is so very rich, so very important, and so very much neglected when it's time to plop down the taxpayer dollars for transportation investments, that it really should not wait.
So if you agree on this, it would be great to hear from you, and if there is a sufficient positive response I can start to hammer out a draft “work plan” for the month, again for your review and remarks. Then August comes and we all start to be as mart as we can. It will be a great month, and maybe at the end one of us will decide to write the whole thing up to show how a couple of dozen, hundreds perhaps citizens and groups who care can show the way.
I am very eager to hear from you. Do we have a topic? A consensus to get started?