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This past week, Chuck Marohn and Justin Burslie of Strong Towns gave their Curbside Chat in the beloved San Diego neighborhood of Hillcrest . Chuck’s visit was possible through a fun collaboration between Walt Chambers of Great Streets San Diego , Ben Nicholls, Executive Director of the Hillcrest Business Association , and myself. Forty of San Diego’s most engaged built environment professionals filled the room with a happy-hour sense of electricity in the air.
Perhaps I should've written this post before interviewing Jared Bernstein, the vice president's chief economist, on the same subject. But if you read that interview closely, you'll see a White House that doesn't exactly know what to do with the president's comments.
In his interview with Peter Baker, President Obama said "there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects.” Apparently, he said much the same to David Brooks earlier in the year.
The main objection I've been hearing in response to my columns on the need for more infrastructure spending is that the stimulus was supposed to have handled all of this for us and the fact that it didn't shows we can't trust this administration with more cash.