Hi---Anyone read the May APA magazine "Planning" and the review of a book by Randal O'Toole titled "The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths: How Smart Growth Will Harm American Cities"
For example, from the review:
"Smart growth proposes that people live cose enough together to allow them to walk and use mass transit more and drive their cars less.... ...O'Toole argues that in order to pack enough people to support an ordinary supermarket within a quarter-mile walking sidstance, they would have to live at a population density double that of Manhattan, or 40,000 peple per quarter mile area".......
and "O'Toole reads the Census Bureau and Federal Highway Administration data: 'a 1,000 person per square mile increase in density will reduce auto commuting by no more than one or two percent."
Should provoke some discussion.
I have not read the book, but based on the review, I think planners should be able to present arguments and information the other way.
But the book seems to raise the question whether we as planners are sure that growth, or rapid growth, can actually be handled smartly.