Saturday, March 14, 2015

Timothy Hullihan asks: "So, Why are We Expanding the [Florida] Turnpike?"

Timothy Hullihan (architect and freelance writer) questions why the Florida Turnpike in Palm Beach County needs to be widened. Following is the opening paragraphs on his blog:
     FDOT’s recent announcement of their plans to expand Florida’s Turnpike in Palm Beach County brought to mind something my father often said, “Bigness is the problem.” When agencies grow too large, they function like massive cruise ships – great at moving forward, but so poor at changing course they need tug boats to help them.
     FDOT needs help changing course, or Florida will not capture much of the job creation that will happen in the next decade.
     The 1996 documentary Taken for a Ride (available on free on YouTube for educational use) explains how we became a car-centered culture. Today, most of us still spend hours each day behind the wheel as part of our daily routines. The roads we use are over-crowded, stressful places. The parking structures are mostly full, dehumanizing and inconvenient. Our vehicles are expensive to own and maintain, while contributing massively to air-pollution.
     You would think that we would be smarter than this.
I agree.