Is it me or do the concepts of Livable Cities (TND, TOD, insert other acronym here) pretty much exist mostly on paper and in the imagination? It seems that I hear about these concepts mostly at APA (and affiliated) events and occasionally (very occasionally) written about in the newspaper.
Here's what I've noticed:
1. The Big Three car manufactures are in trouble so the government (as in we the people) are in the process of propping them up.
2. The Wall Street Journal states in a January 15th, 2009 article by Christopher Conkey entitled "Transportation Aid Levels Decried" that "the stimulus bill would spend three dollars on highways for every one dollar spent on mass-transit systems." The whole article is here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1232...googlenews_wsj
3. The Republican nominee for President used "Drill, Baby, Drill" as a campaign slogan.
4. It may be fair to say that it is a matter of history, at this point, that the Big Three at the beginning of the last century (Oil, Rubber and Automotive companies) systematically and strategically dismantled the nation's mass-transit system paving the way (pun intended) in no small way for today's pattern of urban sprawl.
5. Nothing ever seemed to come from the complaints generated when the Oil companies were enjoying record profits during a time of record oil prices.
My question is this: How can the concepts related to Livable Cities ever come to be when we, as a society and government, are actively and overtly supporting the status quo that being more cars, more roads, more oil, less mass transit?