Now this is a novelty… a bureaucrat promoting bureaucratic solutions. Politically immune from economic demand for their services and the consequences of their decisions, civil servants of all stripes are gratuitously protected from the knowledge that there is no genuine demand for them. But plopped for no certain reason in a hierarchy of privilege and exemption, civil servants cannot fathom either that there is no certain use for them. The emperor must have clothes, the demand must be invented and, in proportion to its contrivance, paraded. Nothing to see here, though, folks… these promotions are designed to impress the same clients of central planning pretensions.
A courageous city government armed with strong planning and urban design principles could make London the envy of Ontario cities, an internationally recognized planner said yesterday.
Insulated from having to abide by supply and demand themselves, it's very much a safe bet that civil servants have nothing useful to add on the subject of economics, so it's best to ignore what they say… at least until they put a lien on your property for unpaid tax bills.
[Retired Vancouver director of planning Larry] Beasley said Vancouver was a terribly designed city, one of the worst in Canada, before the 1970s. But political will and public interest created a climate of change that made it possible to put in place policies that led to highly designed development, he said.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Wednesday, December 06, 2006