Smart Growth in NY Times and Wash Post Op-Eds
From David Brooks piece in the NY Times (link to full story):
If you asked people in that age of go-go suburbia what they wanted in their new housing developments, they often said they wanted a golf course. But the culture has changed. If you ask people today what they want, they’re more likely to say coffee shops, hiking trails and community centers.
People overshot the mark. They moved to the exurbs because they wanted space and order. But once there, they found that they were missing community and social bonds. So in the past years there has been a new trend…
If, indeed, we are going to have a once-in-a-half-century infrastructure investment, it would be great if the program would build on today’s emerging patterns. It would be great if Obama’s spending, instead of just dissolving into the maw of construction, would actually encourage the clustering and leave a legacy that would be visible and beloved 50 years from now.
From the Wash Post Editorial Board’s piece “Invest in Mass Transit” (link to full story):
Lawmakers should give priority to projects that are environmentally friendly and that encourage smart growth. They also should adjust the federal government’s disbursement formula to direct more money to mass transit and to other projects in underserved metropolitan areas.