Re: [carfree_cities] Canada is running its cities into the ground
I find much truth in the excerpt. I also find usefull
some of the work of Gramci, Adorno, Habermas and
policy analyst Frank Fisher in helping to understand
the social trends.
Although the technological contributions in favor of
mass transit, dense urban structures and non-petro use
are helpful, they are to certain extent marginal.
Most of the arguments play into the prevailing
consumerist discourse and in doing so often become
All transit infrastructure ventures create social and
economic winners and losers. Arguments in favor of
rational transit policy are greatly strenghtened by
being framed within a social cost and benifit context.
It is also helpful to factor in ecological
externalities into feasibility and compartive analysis
with auto-transit. However, those who feel strongly
about the rationality of non-auto transit perform the
greatest service by taking advantage of one of the
issues with the greatest saliency of the moment. That
is America's involvement in the War in Iraq.
--- "Lanyon, Ryan" <ryan.lanyon@...> wrote:
> An interesting article linking transportation,
> corporate profits and public
> policy from one of our city councillors in Ottawa.
> "It was also through city politics that I came to
> understand the
> wrong-headedness of our course. Namely, that city
> politicians are bullied
> by corporate wealth that is constantly moving money
> from a city's centre to
> its edges in order to underwrite sprawl development.
> In this way, Ottawa is
> no different from any other North American city.
> For fifty years, we've
> sponsored the most expensive and unsustainable for
> of urban growth and
> penalized the least harmful. And I've come to
> realize that this destructive
> escalation has nothing to do with a lack of good
> planning or a lack of
> knowledge. There are thousands of books available
> on the impoverishing
> qualities of strip malls, parking lots, arterials
> and residential pods.
> Knowledge isn't the problem, the system is. And as
> long as a link exists
> between money and political power, nothing will
> change for cities."
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