Straight Lines and City Strategy
Updated: Jun 2, 2020
Buildings, roads, and parking lots benefit from carefully calculated and engineered lines - whether straight or intentionally varied with curves. Clear calculations, accepted formulas and ratios and lessons learned from past failures make their way into the structures we depend on.
Social structures are no less intricate but they do not share the same calculus. We can't design, budget for and build social infrastructure the way we can a bridge or waste water plant. But social infrastructure -the networks of people, organizations and institutions that inform all aspects of our lives - are critical. Some years ago I published an article in Municipal World to explore municipal thinking about social infrastructure. I think we need to keep at that work.