The Foolproof City
Strong Towns

I don’t know what it is. It seems whatever the public profession, whether it be a planner, a city council or even a school board or superintendent — it’s all about “bigness;” and going hand and hand with “bigness” is impatience. Maybe that’s what the problem is. Incremental civic design takes patience and time … often generations to come to fruition. Civic leaders (and I use that term loosely) have a much shorter timeframe than that. And somehow during their tenure they have to show they’ve done something. I don’t know if it’s to prove something to themselves, or if its for public legacy. Regardless, neither have any business in the business of planning and civic design.