The Post-Kyoto City
When we were in New Orleans recently, Robbie Vitrano took us on a tour of New Orleans. At one junction as he waited, he explained that the land under the raised freeway we were about to go under used to be a park where the citizens of the city would spend their weekends. It was a reminder that while Eisenhower’s Highways Acts created an economic spurt in the US, it also led to the destruction of neighborhoods in cities across America.
Writing in the New York Times, Nicolai Ouroussoff argues that we are at a pivotal time where we could reclaim the cities and rebuild them into the efficient work-play communities they once were. He says that inspiration could be taken from urban-planning in Europe to help America build “Post-Kyoto cities”: