Jeff Speck, city planner and bestselling author, believes that the best way to battle problems like climate change, high national obesity rates, and oil dependence is by creating more walkable cities. In 'Walkable City,' Speck says more people are losing their love of cars and moving to urban settings in order to walk.
Jeff Speck, author "Suburban Nation" and "Walkable City"
The trouble with central planners like Mr. Speck is that he is so sure that he is right, that he in essence demands that everyone else should live just like he does. This will come through zoning, special taxes, propaganda, etc., that will essentially force everyone into Mr. Speck's chosen lifestyle. America is still nominally a free country, and I really wish do-gooders like Mr. Speck would just let others do as they wish without forcing change on them, or forcing them to subsidize his particular vision of the future. Really, he needs to take note that every centrally planned society in history has failed for a reason!Tom Hurst –Mar 25, 2013 20:10:44 PM
Tom, you need to acknowledge that the current system of road building in the United States is already centrally planned. Who owns, plans and builds the vast majority of infrastructure in this country? Either the state or federal governments. Nevada spent $3,551,938,371 on infrastructure from 2009-2011, huge part of that was for road construction. In 2009, the federal government spent roughly $41,000,000,000 purely on highways. So if you are defending the status quo as it is now (and I am not saying you are), you are defending central planning.
Walkable cities, while still government funded in many ways, are much closer to what a free market system of infrastructure would look like. Not the sprawl subsidized, heavily zoning regulated system we have now. Creating a walkable city is de-regulation and re-regulation. Not increased regulation. Ben –Mar 26, 2013 22:48:05 PM