Reason Video Highlights Detroit Rail and Planning has just released a great video that takes a critical look at Detroit’s push for a $500 million light rail line. This project probably defines the term “boondoggle,” but the real interesting and provocatie part of the video is the clever juxtaposition of 1960s film footage lauding Detroit’s forward looking planning with the reality of this once great city’s decline. This is must see video.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.