Posted in Environment by Steven Hayward
Andres Duany, the founder of the New Urbanist architectural and town design movement, declared environmentalism to be the greatest propaganda movement of our time. (I think he was jealous.) There's nothing else that is so deeply part of school, church, entertainment, local government, and politics. What if we devoted comparable attention to economic analysis?
I've met Duany, and studied his designs (Kentlands, etc), and the irony is that the smart growth/enviros loved him 10 years ago. But I think the more he saw of them the less he liked them, and so a few years back I heard him declare that his sympathies lay much more with libertarians. Another example of how the greens will run any good idea into the ground through their uncompromising extremism.
He seems quite an opportunist--after Katrina he declared his love for Wal-Mart (perfectly reasonable opinion). He detests wheelchair ramps, because they destroy classical architectural principles. Of course he detests automobiles even more. I haven't been in touch with his types in years. Philip Bess (Architecture, Notre Dame) seems to best of that group. He was supposed to speak for the Tocqueville Forum here at Georgetown yesterday, but he was snowed out, will resked.
Charlie Wilson just died, so I'm remembering the dialogue from the pretty good movie.
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