Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Folly

That crazy old man Lewis Mumford. He didn't know what he was talking about!!! Or did he. In a 1955 New Yorker column (via infrastructurist) on the incredible elasticity of transportation and the perplexingly narrow-mindedness of its authors:

[O]ur one-eyed specialists continue to concoct grandiose plans for highway development, as if motor transportation existed in a social vacuum. … Instead of curing congestion, they widen chaos. …

All the current plans for dealing with congestion are based on the assumption that it is a matter of highway engineering, not of comprehensive city and regional planning, and that the private motorcar has priority over every other means of transportation, no matter how expensive it is in comparison with public transportation, or how devastating its by-products.