The following is Professor Patrick Condon's response to my post "is speed obsolete?" including many ideas raised in the comments. His reply will make sense only if you have read the original post, and it focuses specifically on the current Broadway transit debate in Vancouver. For a more general presentation of the same views, applicable to any city, see Chapter 2 of his new book Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities (Island Press, 2010). I will do my own post responding to Condon's views in the next few days, tying the issues back to larger themes that readers in any city will care about. Meanwhile, I'm sure HT readers will join me in expressing appreciation to Prof. Condon for his constructive engagement with the critiques raised by me and by many commenters.
Q, Why bother with trams when buses are just as good?
Q. But fast transit competes with cars and freeways! Trams compete with walking and bikes. I would rather compete with freeways!
Q. Streetcars dont really produce the kind of
investment along corridors that Condon suggests.
Q. There is tons of land around the University. Why not put housing there?
Q. It makes no sense to have a region of just trams. People have to make long trips, at least some of the time.
Q. Speaking of 2.8 billion. You pulled that number out of the air to make skytrain look bad, didnt you?
Q. How can you believe a guy that misquotes the auditor general's report?
Q. "A hierarchy of service types that provide a robust network with the base mode of walking (and cycling too!) should be the framework design, rather than proliferating routes that want to restore a blip in history when streetcars was the best mode (1889 to 1919)?"
Q. To do what Condon suggests would require the deforestation of Pacific Spirit Park. Where would all those Condos go?
Q. Why would you want people to go slower than they want to? People hate to waste time.