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Governing Profiles Charles Marohn's Message on Transportation Funding

An article for Governing profiles the method and message of Charles Marohn, known to Planetizen readers as the name behind the Strong Towns blog.
June 15, 2015, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The article by Alan Ehrenhalt places Marohn's work for Strong Towns in context of the ongoing debate about federal transportation funding. Ehrenhalt writes:

The gospel according to Marohn is simple enough to put into a few words: We have built too many highways. We have built them in places that didn’t need them. We have built them in places that can’t afford to maintain them. That’s why the federal Transportation Trust Fund is going broke. And if Congress approves a new transportation bill under the old rules, we’ll just build more unneeded roads and force the communities that host them into a further cycle of debt.

The article goes on to detail the politics of Marohn's propositions, many of which are catching on with local governments but face a long way to go with at federal level—or, for that matter—with the transportation engineering establishment.

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Published on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Governing
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