After years of smug Canadian superiority, I'm feeling some serious Obama envy right now. In a town hall meeting in Ft Myers, Florida, US President Barack Obama pointed out that crises are also opportunities, and then proceeded to sketch out a future of robust public transit and coherent neighbourhoods:
That's why I'd like to see high speed rail where it can be constructed. That's why I would like to invest in mass transit because potentially that's energy efficient and I think people are a lot more open now to thinking regionally in terms of how we plan our transportation infrastructure.
The days where we're just building sprawl forever, those days are over. I think that Republicans, Democrats, everybody recognizes that that's not a smart way to build communities. [emphasis added]
Bear in mind that he wasn't saying this to a friendly audience of Northeastern urbanites. This is Florida - if not the actual epicentre of sprawl development in America, then at least one of its principal adherents.
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