New Orleans: Your Parking Lot Or Your Life
For three months, we've heard engineers and politicians sing the praises of the storm-protection system built by tiny, low-lying Holland. As a New Orleans native and professor of urban geography focused on land use and transportation debates, I appreciate what I have recently learned about that country, which operates in some ways quite differently than we do here.
In Holland, land-use policy directs where growth can occur. Dense, compact cities are respected, and mass transit, bicycling and walking are considered practical and dignified ways of getting around.
In Holland, the approach toward human-environment interaction, including flood control, land use and transportation policy, is holistic.
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