They're going to plan us to death, aren't they?
Fort Wayne residents need to keep their driving expenses in check and local government should think about mass public transportation when considering development.
This according to Scott Bernstein, president of the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago and a consultant who Thursday presented ideas on how to integrate practices in transportation, energy efficiency and broadband technology.
“Too much money is intercepted before home ownership,” Bernstein said.
He said housing cost is low in Fort Wayne, but too much driving and transportation costs decreases possibilities for home ownership. Bernstein outlined success in cities such as Portland, Org., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Austin, Texas, that are using “transit-oriented development” with a focus on light rail or street car transportation to spur economic growth.
I don't know if he mentioned "urban sprawl" in his speech, but it sounds like that was what it was all about -- the planning community just hates that and can't accept that it's the result of people choosing how and where they want to live. They have to fix it by herding everybody back into the pen.