One Civil Engineer's Perspective
As more lower income people from other states and countries moved into our major city neighborhoods (1948-1958), we moved out into what became the "Suburbs."
Politicians told us they wanted a new road "from here to there.” They approved the permits, we plowed down the trees, re-routed and polluted the streams, destroyed the wildlife habitats, they got their road on time and on budget!
Civil Engineers were educated to state "We're not tree huggers, we plan, design, build, and maintain our nation's infrastructure within the budgets provided."
This thread argues to “Raise the Bar” from regulatory-minimums to nation-wide, comprehensive socially compatible, environmentally sustainable infrastructure.
p.s. Please take a look at the new post "WHAT WE REALLY NEED ARE GOOD 'DUMB' CITIES."