Refuting Wendell Cox
- This week Planetizen is running an Op-Ed by Wendell Cox trumpeting
the trouble with Smart Growth's Nirvana: Portland, Oregon. It's
filled with his usual criticisms of Metro's policies regarding mass
transit and density. Of course he backs this all up with his
own interpretation of U.S. Census data which he happy provides at his
websites www.demographia.com and www.publicpurpose.com
You can read it here:
As we all know, statistics can(and readily are) manipulated for
political gain, so its easy to suspect Mr. Cox's interpretation is
somewhat subject, especially considering his connections to partisan
libertarian groups that under the guise of choice act as lobbyists
for the various pro-sprawl industries.
Nevertheless, as skewed as his statistical interpretation might be,
it must be refuted if we are to dismiss his claims as just being more
of the typical anti-smart growth rhetoric.
Patrick McDonough, a Planetizen reader, does that in spades. You can
read his comments regarding Mr. Cox's claims here:
Of interest to this forum are the articles that Mr. McDonough refers
to on the American Public Transportation Website(
http://www.apta.com/info/online/ ) that refute the myths surrounding
mass transit implementation.
One in particular stands out and is well worth reading to understand
the mentality of the anti-transit mindset in the U.S.
A Liberal and A Conservative Discuss How to Respond to Anti-Transit
Rhetoric(Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view):