And those colors are Robert Moses with a swirl of Ayn Rand?
Control the Masses
So, according to Duany, planners used to be "demigods" who improved the world with every action. Then urban renewal came, and we were knocked off our pedestal and began rooting in the muck with ordinary plebeans (i.e. the citizenry) by performing public participation "orgys." Now we can't get anything done in the USA anymore (and by "anything" I assume he means the implementation of his own concepts).
To solve this problem, Duany has "invented" subsidiarity, a word I assume he will be requiring all us planners to use it in a sentence along with "transect." Essentially, subsidiarity means that the opinions of neighbors will be treated in the same way as the opinions of developers: as interested parties who cannot make a fair decision on the merits of a project. Instead, a jury of "disinterested" citizens will be convened to decide whether or not a project should occur. Somehow, convening a jury of random disinterested citizens, presenting both sides of an argument on whether or not to build a project to them, and having them rule in a binding way will save time and money in the planning process.
Umm, yeah, sure Andres.
Plus, the only true method for collecting public input is through the charrette process (of course). Not just any charrette process, but only charrettes run in exactly the way that Duany thinks they should be run using a specified formula. If you can't run the charrette yourself in exactly the right way, I'm sure that Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company could be brought in to do it for you (for a small six-digit fee, of course).
Why is it that every time I read or hear Duany, I feel Atlas Shrugging?