Thursday, February 11, 2010

Some people just don't get it!

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When you through a rock and some one yells that's who you hit.
Adrian Moore is a transportation economist and vice president of Reason Foundation. Shikha Dalmia, a senior analyst at Reason Foundation, was an editorial writer at the Detroit News, and has lived in the Detroit area for close to two decades.
Once upon a time we lived primarily in dense cities and traveled by trolley in the city and by trains between cities. Then came the automobile, and though it was expensive, it offered such a vastly superior means of travel and access to a significantly wider range of the country that in seemingly no time at all Americans en masse made the switch. To quote the narrator: “Most American’s who could were happy to ditch the crowded trolleys and choose the freedom and luxury of Detroit’s finest.” They were not forced to do so, they chose to. And they continue to choose their cars.

But this documentary forgets all of this and issues a clarion call for rail to once again stage a competition that it has already lost.

sdalmia_reasonThe documentary asks: When “will the U.S. change course and begin to catch up with the rest of the world?” This puts reality on its head. The U.S. has an interstate system that, even with all its faults and current needs, has long been the envy of the rest of the world. And today, Europe’s dense, walkable, transit-oriented cities that those in the film yearn for are losing population to the suburbs as car ownership soars. As people choose what is best for them, Europe’s transit systems are losing market share

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  1. 02/09/2010 :: 04:12:47 AM
    Allyson Says:

    This was absolutely fascinating. I am glad this was set to tape, because its worth keeping. The retrospective on Detroit and environs was so well blended into the information about the impact of transportation strategies… historical, near term, potential long term…I was riveted.

    This is really well put together. If you’re posting, you’ve probably watched it. Tell those you know to watch, it’s a perspective on several larger issues that really causes one to think.

  2. 02/07/2010 :: 06:11:07 PM
    Bob Gries Says:

    …became the envy of the word.” (?)