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eBook The Best-Laid Plans: How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future download ISBN: 1933995076
Author: Randal O'Toole
Publisher: Cato Institute (August 20, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 416
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In his 48 chapters O'Toole covers a wide range of government planning efforts.

O' Toole does an excellent job of laying out the sordid history of planning, using real world examples of the results of various planning efforts, and makes his case for how we can achieve some of the valid goals of planning (and regulation) more successfully. In his 48 chapters O'Toole covers a wide range of government planning efforts. Rather than a complaint only about the disastrous consequences of a specific government planning effort, he shows why such efforts are doomed by the very incentives that motivate government.

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Drawing on 30 years of experience reviewing hundreds of government plans, Randal O'Toole shows that, thanks to government planners, American cities are choked with congestion, major American housing markets have become unaffordable, and the cost of government infrastructure is spiraling out of control. The book makes the case for repeal of federal planning laws and closure of government planning offices. Every American who worries about the insidious growth of the Nanny State must read this book.
Comments: (7)
Frey
Smart growth is not smart AND "new urban-ism," is not new! I have been to a "new urbanism" town center type development that is about 10 years old. It was NOT working. In one block there were 3 bars and nothing else, just empty storefronts except for the bars. Yech. In fact, I have been there a couple of times over the past 10 years and have always been kind of creeped out. The "downtown" is like a ghost town in daytime. But about the book... very informative. Recommend it.
Kabandis
Urban planning affects all and being informed on why urban planning makes the decisions it does even if they are a manifestation of overbearing government and its social engineering goals is important to be aware of. This should be required reading for all city councils and state government officials who manipulate citizens' goals and decisions regarding land use and transportation planning. Highly recommended.
Hellblade
I make my living working with city and county planners. This is a must read for all who must do that. It demonstrates professionally what a cry in America has become -- "Get government off our backs." The lays out a clear case of how the least qualified hold sway over the most qualified.
Bremar
The Best Laid Plans is an insightful look at the misguided profession of planning (urban planning, transportation planning, development planning, and central planning concepts more generally), exposing and debunking the founding principals of planning that began as an outgrowth of the progressive movement and co-opted in each generation by successive planning fads that are all inevitably doomed to failure because the central conceit of urban planning is false -- the utopian notion that we can plan the future (and more to the point, human behavior) if only we are clever enough.

O' Toole does an excellent job of laying out the sordid history of planning, using real world examples of the results of various planning efforts, and makes his case for how we can achieve some of the valid goals of planning (and regulation) more successfully. He does this all from the perspective of one who has been in the trenches working with planners and government agencies to expose the failures of their best-laid plans, a true insider's view on a largely ignored but dangerously influential and powerful pseudo-scientific field that impacts us all.
Molace
Gets a little repetitious, but the patterns he's pointing out are there. This is a great way for folks to understand the concept of unintended consequences in heavy handed planning. Real case studies of how things work out, not just the hoped for results (which is usually all we ever hear) show what really happens and how reall harm can result from government planning. With the last 8 years of top-down attempts to manage every aspect of our lives, Best Laid Plans is a new way to look at problems and find solutions free of the political pitfalls and elitist ideologies sp often found in planning depts.
Carrot
In his 48 chapters O'Toole covers a wide range of government planning efforts. Rather than a complaint only about the disastrous consequences of a specific government planning effort, he shows why such efforts are doomed by the very incentives that motivate government.

He has many years of first-hand exposure to the Congressionally mandated planning process for our national forests. He argues that the planning process has wasted over a billion dollars and severely impeded the management of those public lands. It has defocused the Forest Service so badly that they are marginally effective.

He description of the various fads that run through the ranks of urban planners are sufficient to suggest they should be called congestion enhancers. Many urban plans in the guise of "traffic calming" actually make congestion worse in the hope that people will chose a high density lifestyle. Like most urban planning this runs counter to peoples wishes. It just makes commutes more time consuming , increases gas consumption, and increases pollution.

"Smart Growth" is anything but smart and relies on substituting planners pipe dreams for the citizens personal plans and cost sensitive traffic engineering.

He includes a number of examples from Portland, Oregon where urban growth boundaries have run home costs up enough that many people settle in Washington instead. When citizens voted overwhelming against more light rail, Metro chose alternate financing and decided to build anyway. That same Metro opines "Congestion signals positive urban development."

His chapters on "The Rail Transit Hoax" and "The Benefits of the Automobile" are worth the whole cost of the book. There have been so many invalid cost comparisons that one can only assume some promoters of rail and transit are willing to lie to get even close to the cost parameters of personal transportation.

He spends 6 chapters explaining the reasons government planning fails. The result is incredibly higher costs, and often a solution more dangerous to the citizen.

His final 9 chapters suggest replacements for government planning and ways Congress could dramatically improve the management of those public functions that remain in government.

This brief outline just lightly touches on a few of the many topics that O'Toole so ably discusses.

Every legislator should read this book! The information in this book will help every citizen hold their government realistically accountable.
Yellow Judge
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This book lays out a solid argument why centralized planning does not work. O'Toole argues that smaller units of control in everything from forestry to zoning, are usually more effective, accountable, adaptable, and accurate. Planning is simple one area where you should not cut out the middleman. He gives practical examples and presents the associated cost of bad planning. He also predicted the current housing crisis and several of its causes long before the rest of us saw it comming. You need to hear what this man has to say.