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  • Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on June 3rd, 2006 (All posts by )

    If America is to accommodate the strong population and economic growth that lies in our near future, and still remain a highly mobile society, innovative thinking will be necessary. We must get beyond the notion of some mythical golden age. Forcing people to march back to an idealized early twentieth century pattern of dense, transit-dependent urbanity is not the solution.

    Ultimately, our goal as a nation should be to create a more mobile society, one that allows ever greater choices for people to live how they wish, whether in a dense city, a decentralized suburb, the countryside, or some hybrid. Today, a false dichotomy is being foisted on the public which suggests their only options are either long highway commutes from anonymous exurbs, or being packed together in dense developments next to mass transit stations. Those are not choices we have to be limited toif we will show the courage to say no to those who wish to drive us relentlessly back to a vanished past.

    Joel Kotkin


    3 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

    1. ed in texas Says:

      But HAVE TO do it that way, ’cause it’s always been done that way.

      Public policy is like cancer; no one knows where it comes from, but you don’t dare ignore it.

    2. Lex Says:

      Kotkin’s recent articles have been very good.

      He cuts through a lot of hype.

    3. Jay Manifold Says:

      I got yer flying car right here