Architects and Urban Planners have a tendency to design cities with their own preconcieved notions of what a city should be. Unfourtunately their ideals often differ from those of the people who accually have to live in the city. They also like to ignore most of the less glamorous infrastructure that cities are required to provide to make a city function such as:
- Water and sewer treatment and distribution
- Power production and distribution
- Wharehouses and storage
- Airports and associated services
- Auto repair
- Fuel Distribution
- Parking Garages and Parking Lots
- Parking and Maintenance for Mass Transit
- Lumber Yards
- Utilities Maintenance Facilities
- Wholesale Grocery Distribution Centers
- An Many Many More...
Planners like to point to Seaside as a success in urban planning, but that is like creating a single-cell organism and claiming to be able to build a mouse. Not quite.
Planners can offer some insight on a limited bases such as how to improve transportation or zoning ordinances but don't think that they can come to New Orleans and solve all our ills if we just listen the them.
Architecture and Morality has more thoughts.