Monday, February 18, 2008

Except for that Part about Neighborhoods Pitching "Status Quo"

Richard Lawson has a survey of the sides in the fight between urbanism and rurbanism in Bells Bend.

It seems even-handed, except that Lawson at one point seems to ignore a broader idea of progress on the ground in many neighborhoods: leaders embrace a more wholestic, more communitarian idea of development not constricted by the absentee priorities of developers who reduce the idea of progress to building something more expensive where something cheaper once stood (without reference to a range of other development concerns that affect quality of life). That is the difference between ideas of progress, not a false choice between progress and status quo.

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