Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
This always sounds to me like saying that because the problem is big it's not worth trying to fix.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Oct 31st, 2006 at 04:29:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I thought we weren't going to read things into each others' comments now?

It's not a reason to not fix the problem, but understanding the scope of the problem better might go a loooong way toward understanding why Americans are so hesitant and intimidated by thought of tackling it.  You are literally talking about radically changing the basic infrastracture of the 3rd largest country in the world.  It can and should be done.  But you are going to have a hard time convincing people if it seems you don't really have a good grasp of what you are proposing.  

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Tue Oct 31st, 2006 at 04:52:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
What part do you think he doesn't seem to understand?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Oct 31st, 2006 at 04:56:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The failure to fix the problem is so huge as to make the loss of Florida the least of our problems. We can not afford not to fix the problem - but that is just what I am afraid will happen.

Talking about mass transit without talking about fundamental shifts in urban planning and even fundamental shifts in our personal goals and life style is not going to go very far. The idea of the white picket fence two cars and 2.2 children - large lot on a dead end street in a suburb carefully designed to maximise the dead end streets is not viable - environmentally or economically.

We must understand what it means to say that this neighbourhood - (and the 500-1000-5000 whatever number of people who live in it) need to be redesigned so roads are friendly to mass transit. That the population density needs to be at least tripled to encourage economic activity and mass transit. We must deal with the mess we have now - intelligently. Sticking busses on the road and watch them drive around all day without any passengers on them will not make things better - and that is just what happens in the small city - large town that I live in.

aspiring to genteel poverty

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Tue Oct 31st, 2006 at 05:00:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The problem is so big it's hard to imagine where to start fixing it. In involves very basic attitudes to quality of life.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 31st, 2006 at 05:31:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Occasional Series