Commentary

What is transportation paradise?

Last week, Reason’s Sam Staley debated sustainable transportation policy with Todd Litman of the Victoria Transportation Institute at Colby College’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. Todd started out his presentation by asking the teenage and twenty-something audience to envision paradise, and whether they aspire to live in a suburb. Sam responded by saying he lives in the real world where trade offs have to be made, and a suburb is where he ended up. Transportation policy needs to apply to the real world, not abstract ideas that don’t reflect the way people live. The debate was podcast, and you can listen to it by clicking here.

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.