Andrés Duany Visits Sacramento

Paul Shigley reports that Duany spoke to planners at an event in Sacramento, and has a new issue: the broken process for getting things built.

Shigley writes, "'The public process is completely out of control. The public is completely berserk,' he [Duany] opined.

Only a few weeks ago, I had a e-mail exchange with one of California's leading land use lawyers in which both of us lamented Californians' fixation with process. We don't seem to give a damn about the final outcome as long as the process complies with all the rules. Of course, a key component of the process is public input."

Duany describes a process used in Australia that may help.

Full Story: The Public Process: How NIMBYs Encourage Suburban Sprawl

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