18 Sep '12, 12pm

A fiscal conservative's manifesto against sprawl

A fiscal conservative's manifesto against sprawl

There are quite a few essays in the book about mobility and transportation infrastructure, including about the difference between “roads” and “streets” and why Chuck believes the latter have more value. But some of my favorite parts of the book aren’t explicitly concerned with roads or growth patterns but, rather, are more personal. I have a theory that, the closer a writer’s words are to his or her heart, the better the writing will be. One essay is titled “Faith and Community,” in which Chuck, who was raised Roman Catholic, recounts his experience and friendship with a tightly-knit Hasidic Jewish community, as well as his observation of Catholicism in Italy. In the essay, he reveals that “my Catholic faith went from one of a personal and rather self-serving relationship with God and into one of seeing the teachings of Jesus through the prism of community.” (In this respe...

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