The automobile has become the defining component of how cities have developed since the inception of the automobile. Cities, in their governing structures, need to really think how responsible that this is. Is there a Return on the Investment (ROI) on building for the automobile, or is it simply an on-going money pit?
There is no need to get into it too much on this blog when Strong Towns does a daily blog challenging this exact notion. According to their website (strongtowns.org):
The Strong Towns approach ultimately requires a reorientation of emphasis and a renewed understanding of what it takes to build a town or a neighborhood.
The current approach to growth emphasizes investments in new infrastructure to serve or induce new development. This approach uses public dollars inefficiently, destructively subsidizes one type of development over another and leaves massive maintenance liabilities to future generations.
A Strong Town approach emphasizes obtaining a higher return on existing infrastructure investments. We can no longer simply disregard old investments in favor of new, but instead we need to focus on making better use of that which we are already committed to publicly maintain.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, we will challenge one facet of the notion of building and beautifying for the automobile. We will have what we are calling “Lunch on the Hump.” An event that started a year ago when one of Colorado Springs’ architect’s Ryan Lloyd dined in the median.
This is not meant to be putting down, or dissing, the design and aesthetic that was put toward the landscape in the median, but rather raising discourse of why this was done? Could it have been more than it is? Is there a place for “people” in our public spaces, our parks (the medians in this area are maintained by City Parks), or was this simply to add aesthetic for the automobile?
Join us for “Lunch on the Hump”: https://www.facebook.com/events/655885981152839