Edward L. Glaeser
Urban planning in Greater Boston needs to aim higher
Maintaining the status quo is a natural tendency on both sides of the Charles River. Each independent land use decision can seem like a wonky event, interesting only to neighbors, developers, and the occasional housing economist. But these individual decisions add up and collectively shape our region. In effect, our metropolitan planning is being implemented at the sidewalk level, by abutters who see the downside of every project and who can’t possibly be expected to take the larger view.