Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another Government Policy Coming our way!?

My dad being the crazy transportation nut that has him searching day-in and day-out for information that could aid him in implementing a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. In his searches he has come across this news article related to legislation this is claimed to be seeking at facilitating livable communities. Finally my dad found something interesting and potentially useful, http://www.thedenverdailynews.com/article.php?aID=7868 but is this likely to happen and is the legislation truly as good (can government force ever be good?) as the Denver Daily News, Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Mayor John Hickenlooper say it is?
My focus is to simply bring awareness to one topic of many that could be coming to Colorado, more specifically Denver. I know not the truth, severity, or timing of what the exact legislation is that’s aiming at creating these said “livable communities”. With this being said I am blogging in response to the Denver Daily News article in their Wednesday, March 31, 2010 edition called Planning livable communities. I bring this article to every ones attention for the mere fact that we have politicians claiming that they are promoting legislation that “would not legislate mandates or directives, but instead offer opportunity to local governments, whether regional or hyper-local.” The article went further on to explain ‘“The beauty of what Congressman Perlmutter’s created is that it’s not prescriptive, it’s not government coming in and saying, ‘You must do this,’” said Hickenlooper. “It’s facilitating what’s a good idea and it’s already beginning to happen and it’s actually allowing that to spread like wildfire, which I think is the real beauty — it’s creating a context where it’s going to happen naturally and organically, but much, much more rapidly.”
The legislation is called The Livable Communities Act which would aim at creating communities that have a balance of transportation, housing, retail, and community (whatever they mean by this general term… oh wait confusing political catch-all term, that’s what they mean). The article makes the claim that they will accomplish this by ‘breaking down barriers among regions, among cities, and among federal departments’. (sounds like they’re aiming at decreasing transaction costs amongst government entities in order to increase efficiency). Is this what we (the general public0 want or is this just Another Government Policy Coming our Way!?

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