Weighing in on Obama's Urban Policy

| 11/14/2008 1:29:48 PM

Software company Front Seat, the outfit behind the Walk Score website on walkable neighborhoods, has launched Obama Urban Policy, a website that allows readers to express their thoughts and opinions on president-elect Barack Obama’s proposed Office of Urban Policy. Readers can nominate and vote on issues they feel deserve the most attention from the future administration.

The most popular idea is far and away the development of a “world-class rail network,” followed by “change zoning laws to promote walkable development” and “end subsidies for car-dependent development” at a distant second and third, respectively.

(Thanks, Worldchanging.)

Mike Vandeman
11/24/2008 7:07:49 PM

Dear President Obama: I doubt that you will hear this from anyone else, but it is the truth, anyway. Your (and our) top priority MUST be the preservation of wildlife (all species of living things other than humans and domesticated species) and their habitat. They obviously can't protect themselves from us. And just about everything that we value depends on them. They provide oxygen, clean air, clean water, food, medicines, and essential services, such as pollination, pest control, and the recycling of wastes. And places to relax (i.e., parks)! The "dumb and dumber" conservative majority of the Supreme Court -- the people who just determined that Navy exercises are more important than whales (!) MUST be overridden. Second, we need to stop drilling for and burning fossil fuels. An electrical engineer, Robert Godes, has developed a process for (relatively) cold fusion (see http://profusionenergy.com/), which requires only nickel or palladium and converts water to oxygen and helium, releasing enormous quantities of cheap energy. It will replace the consumption of fossil fuel. Sincerely yours, Michael J. Vandeman, Ph.D.