Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Scholarship and Clarity

UC Berkeley's Prof Mel Webber just keeps getting better. His editorial in Access, "Spread-City Everywhere", is the most concise summary of urban development trends that I have seen. My May 5 post offered some supporting data and the evidence keeps accumulating. Yet, as per yesterday's post, mounting evidence and conventional wisdoms can remain far apart for long periods. And it matters. We live in a world where hugely expensive policy mistakes are made in the service of serious misunderstandings.

What to do? Keep clarifying, just as Mel Webber has just done.