Re: Can it be tweaked?
>If we want to solve fundamental problems, not just slap on temporaryI agree wholeheartedly. Incremental fixes will rarely if ever provide
>patches, we will have to alter that infrastructure. In some places,
>we will need to "scrape it off and start over." That's not
>impossible, of course. There are monumental challenges to meet, but
>it can be done.
the impact needed to ameliorate our atrocious mobility problems. As
in my discussin on DART, upon integrating alternative transit systems
the net result is that they must compete (usually very poorly) with
the existing road and highway infrastructure and are rarely realized
to their full potential. Unfortunately the masses tend to place the
blame on what has been introduced instead of focusing on the core
A paradigmatic vision is what is needed by the citizens and especially
the leaders of this nation, but if the population at large remains
insular and un-exposed to alternatives or is apathetic and misinformed
as a result of propoganda administered by lobbies seeking to retain
the status quo, there is little hope. What is needed is a "fight fire
with fire" approach--educating the masses on how car dependance is
wreaking social, environmental and monetary havoc of the highest order
within our society. Books like "Asphalt Nation", "The Geography of
Nowhere" and "Car-Free Cities" should be required reading. College
courses should emphasize mobility issues in Sociology and Geography
curriculums. I'm sure we could conjure up many more needed methods to
broach the rampant "transit illiteracy" we face.