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Last month I published a short article on what we learned --and didn't learn-- from the oil crises of the 1970s. We flirted with conservation and renewable energy, but quickly turned back to our squandering ways when a glut of cheap oil flooded world markets in the 1980s.

We also tried a few urban revitalization solution that ultimately proved poorly thought-through, or simply naïve. For example, we imported European-style pedestrian malls without the context of European densities, and pushed a new generation of heavy-handed planning and design solutions that wiped out human-scale streets and neighborhoods. Case in point: New London (Connecticut) recently decided to overhaul its historic Parade plaza, which was mangled by bad design in the 1970s...

[Read more at the Post Carbon Cities blog]

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With reference to your

From: carl ricker, Sep 3, 2008 12:08 PM

With reference to your article on 'What we've learned'; We've learned nothing and that goes back further than the 70's if you recall. Unfortunately we're a country of much bounty and beauty and badly managed for the past 50 years following the 2nd World War. Let's hope some new thionking and changes from Barack Obama are on the horizon.