This essay is a little long, but it is approachable.
Pro-highway, anti-transit, anti-pedestrian policies work against the core beliefs of American conservatives in another and even more important way: they create social environments that are hostile to real community. Once again, the ways in which automobile-oriented development prevents communities from forming are too numerous to list exhaustively. They range from the very obvious to the very subtle.
This excellent article deals not only with local transit systems, but highway and inter-city transportation polices. In the view of the author, these reflect anything but free market capitalism.
Sensible transportation policies are good for families and communities. Who would have thunk it?
Transportation issues, as most TFA readers know, are environmental and social. These are urgent quality of life considerations and they are typically made for the convience of special interest and against what should be core conservative values.
Then again, do not this talk about “communities” sound a lot like “socialism?” Hmmmm.
It is an absolute must read. It will improve your arguments and thking.