By: Diane Benjamin
Ever heard “Best Practices”? Who decides what a “Best Practice” is? Somebody in New York or California?
Isn’t a “Best Practice” what works best for you, your family, your friends, or even your community? What works in Los Angeles probably isn’t going to work in small town fly over country. That is Bloomington-Normal, regardless of what our “leaders” think.
Locally we have the McLean County Regional Planning Commission and both cities have “planners”. This is why we have bike lanes, a bike trail from Chenoa south that few use, Connect Transit, and lots of other things we are forced to fund because “planners” are so much smarter than we are. Ha Ha Ha
A reader sent me this story: https://www.newgeography.com/Coronavirus and Future Living and Working America
Much of the article pertains to California and working from home. Millenials don’t see the purpose of driving to work just to be on an office computer when they already have one at home. This is allowing them to live in cheaper areas instead of large cities.
The story does make it easy to see the “planners” all take the same class.
Heard Bloomington talk about “in-fill”? New construction is mostly dead, but Bloomington has a policy against new subdivisions. They want the pack-em-an’-stack-em buildings currently allowing COVID-19 to ravage New York.
Gee, who knew mass transit isn’t popular or appealing? Everybody except City leaders? Connect Transit has the huge fancy buses because both towns thought they could force you to ride. They thought you would willingly give up your freedom to travel when and where you want for the “luxury” of a bus.
That doesn’t work in California and it won’t work here.
We need to abolish planners. Ideology has little to do with reality. Everything we don’t need or want they plan for us to get. If a grant is available nothing else matters. Of course, other “planners” are handing out the grants. See why?