APA’s plea for planning chutzpah

Posted on November 4, 2011

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APA President Mitch Silver distributed a plea for planners to show what they’re made of. (I’m hoping we’re made of some good, common sense and not just regulations for regulations’ sake.)

Even the strong-willed planners have a tendency to be overruled by public works and elected officials when it comes to transportation projects. Here’s a USA Today story (a rag that engineers don’t read) that planners should familiarize themselves with. Good, competent design saves money. A lot of money. This isn’t really new information, but this particular study is new, so allow your engineers to graciously say “if only I had known…”

If the common sense/cost savings approach fails, you can always pull the ethics card.

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