• Do we really care about children?

    by  • January 3, 2012 • Land Use • 0 Comments

    by Chuck Marohn
    Cross-posted from Strong Towns

    So many causes use children as the foil for their arguments or the centerpiece of their fundraising campaign, to the point where it often diminishes the effectiveness (here we go again…..just doing it “for the children”). As a father of two girls, I am both susceptible to and turned off by this approach, depending on the day and how excessive/sincere the pitch seems.

    Yesterday we ran our series on the Infrastructure Cult and our unquestioned, societal belief that spending on highways is simply an investment in prosperity; the more we do, the more prosperous we become. Our Best of Blog piece today is one where we questioned another dogmatic belief Americans nearly universally seem to hold: that car seats keep children safe.

    I had a city council member last week say that people did not want walkable neighborhoods because they were afraid of child abductions, that people prefer the “safety” of their cars. Sad to say, but I think he is right, despite being completely ignorant of the facts. In a single year, the U.S. has around 7,000 children die in auto accidents (many, many more injured severely) but only around 100 children kidnapped.

    We love our cars but, like all one-way relationships, our obsession has made us completely irrational. [Continue reading …]

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