Thursday, February 12, 2009

For sprawl before he was against it

Streetsblog catches an Obama contradiction:

On Tuesday, in Ft. Myers, Obama said:
The days where we're just building sprawl forever, those days are over. I think that Republicans, Democrats, everybody… recognizes that’s not a smart way to design communities. So we should be using this money to help spur this sort of innovative thinking when it comes to transportation.

That's pretty good. But it turns out that just a day earlier, in Elkhart, IN (oh Elkhart, I feel I know ye so well now!), Obama had endorsed the Route 31 expansion project, which Streetsblog says is "what you might call a sprawl project." Indeed. The terminus of the improved highway will be about 23 miles, it appears, from the center of Indianapolis.


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