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Ed Glaeser vs. The Lorax

via prospect.org

Ezra Klein thinks this is going to end badly: very badly:

You know, I'm all for dispelling the notions that suburbia is eco-friendly and that urbanization is necessarily environmentally deleterious. That said, I somehow doubt that taking on beloved children's book characters is the best way of going about it. Can't we find pro-Seuss ways of arguing for urbanism? Isn't there some way to refashion Whoville as an ideal New Urbanist community, given how reliant on pedestrians and light on carbon it is? Come on, Glaeser, work with us here. Transitioning from a suburb-enabling infrastructure system was always going to be politically difficult, and alienating the Lorax fans isn't going to help.

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