Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Quote of the day: public policy based on illusion

From "If ignorance is no excuse, how do leaders manage to get elected?" by Christopher Hume, the Urban Design writer for the Toronto Star:

Canada isn’t the States, but we’re edging closer to the mindset that allows Americans to believe that what matters isn’t the fact their views are unsupportable, but that they hold them. Sadly, public policy based on illusion stands little chance of success.


In Canada, we prefer ignorance to be secular and more practically minded. We hear the same anti-intellectual, anti-science, anti-reason rhetoric here, but without the exhortations to prayer.

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