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Monday, November 14, 2011

Planner-speak alert

Last week we blogged about bureaucratic catch phrases that we're sick of. Creative class. Linchpin. Iconic. Catalyst. Charrette. Sustainability. We can't afford not to. The 20-minute neighborhood. Equity, and the "spirit of equity." The "built environment."

An alert reader has flashed us another one that's just now showing up on radar screens around the area. Are you ready? It's "resilience."

We're not sure exactly what "resilience" is, but we're willing to bet that (a) it will involve command-and-control "behavior change," and (b) apartment developers will make out like bandits.

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On the government revenue side, "resilience" has always meant "sales tax" although the current recession has blown a gigantic hole in that argument.

It's a compact now, but it'll be a 4-door sedan when they're done.

I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

Resilience - no matter how fff'd up we make the local economies, we still get our cut.

They made the global warming hoax the centerpiece of it too. What a crock.

I would think they might envision a wee bit of social engineering in their resilient future.

Resilience is what allows the planning cabal to make you conform your lifestyle to their views regardless of how much you complain.

Facts, data and budget issues are all overcome by the resilience of the planners. Their vision of an iconic future for all of us is what gives them the strength and resilience to overcome all of our resistance.

Names of the distinguished panelists?

Around our shop the term "resilience" is code for suicide prevention training....

"We're not sure exactly what "resilience" is, but we're willing to bet that (a) it will involve command-and-control "behavior change," and (b) apartment developers will make out like bandits."
(c) light rail, (d)streetcars, (e)dollar a kw-hr electricity from roof top solar panels, (f)15 mph city wide speed limit (g) ultra high density, (h) move farmland withing walking distance of the population (i) produce all our needs locally (no more computers, radios, semiconductors etc.)

BTW, I caught a “resilient cities” (google it) presentation last year and learned that we need to get ready for a warmer climate and running out of oil. Of course the solutions are right out of the ultra green playbook (a-i above) like most weird movements out of Europe.

(Of course global warming stopped over 10 years ago and the peak in natural gas has suddenly disappeared as our supply has more than doubled. Current estimates are that we could be independent of imports in a decade or two. The greens are opposing our becoming energy independent.)

This reminds one of previous attempts to re-order society that turned out badly, the top one, endorsed by leading scientists and leading newspapers (including the New York Times) was Eugenics. That one got close to 60 million people killed (2.5% of the world population). Then there was Lysenkoism (endorsed by state policy)- a few tens of millions more. And the great leap forward - more millions. This is why I think people calling to re-order society are very dangerous people who may get millions of people killed if they succeed.

Remember most things planners tells are lies:
http://www.portlandfacts.com/smart/smartgrowthlies.html

Thanks
JK

I don't think that what planners tell us are lies, but that planners look at the 'facts' and interpret them ('spin') to fit their preconceptions, which are at variance with the rest of the population.

If we could be assured that the planners were truly enlightened and the their plans would benefit us, it might be accepted. But, that had not been the case, nor does it look like it will be any time soon.

What we need is resiliant resistance.

"voluntary, non-regulatory" ...

In other words, please join us for a four hour and fifteen minute circle jerk.

The last 15 minutes must be clean-up time.

Speaking of planners... here's a sobering reminder of the kinds of mischief planners with big ideas can wreak upon us...

http://takimag.com/article/the_bloody_red_flag#axzz1di29ZAYD

Too bad we have a local government run by kids and greedy men. The former either a) skipped out on, b) were asleep in, or c) were stoned in history class and don't have a clue. The latter could care less.

They forgot to mention the million people moving to Portland/Willamette valley, and the climate refugees. How can they make their case to those living in Salem on 10K square foot lots for greater density?

Resilience:

Dealing with a total loss of manufacturing trade, resulting in trade deficits up to and beyond the point in which the Willamette Valley will have nothing of value in order to trade for necessary items.

Dealing with a lack of electricity owing the elimination of hydropower as a cheap, renewable source of electricity, and failing to obtain suitable new sources (there isn't a lot of wind in the Valley, solar only works 30% of the time.)

Dealing with a lack of transportation infrastructure owing to the state's desire to put all its money into one single railroad corridor with no ability to fund its operations.

Dealing with excessive numbers of out-of-work citizens who used to have good, high-paying jobs, and now can't find a job at McDonald's.

Dealing with broken, crumbling roads that prevent significant trade or transport.

Dealing with a river that can't really be used for anything - between excessive pollution that prevents its use for drinking water, a lack of fish, it's largely unnavigable by commercial ships (and hasn't been used for such purpose in many decades), and there's little way to dam it for hydropower.

Dealing with environmentalists and land use Nazis that prevent anything from getting done.

Dealing with Portland that prevents anything from getting done.

Dealing with Eugene that prevents what Portland doesn't catch.

Planner types seem to have a particularly negative outlook on life -- their careers depend on their expertise in pumping up the fear factor. Even academics have to preserve the illusion that they have the solutions to problems that don't exist. Peak oil anyone?


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