It’s curious that the Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) recent vision of our transportation future contained so many roads, so little mass transit.
Author Edward Abbey famously said that “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” It’s also the underpinning of our region’s economic assumptions. At some point, for the sake of the planet and Puget Sound, we’re going to have to pursue a different future, one with fewer people and an alternative economic model.
But right now, the forces for growth have two missions: to build us out of a recession, and craft a more “sustainable” region. Worthy goals, but that’s not what’s actually happening. In the name of jobs and “recovery,” we’re pursing projects that are not sustainable. We’re following the same 20th century, post-war roadmap that devastated the Puget Sound lowlands with traffic and sprawl. And we’re trying to have it both ways, which is not affordable.
This department–particularly Professors Morrill, Beyers & Hodge– has a long history of arguing against roads and sprawl, in favor of more transit-oriented development.