Confessions of a Recovering Engineer

Transportation for a Strong Town

256 pages

English language

Published Jan. 26, 2021 by Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, John.

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3 stars

Marohn frustrates me, he's on the right track about the bankrupt nature of suburban sprawl, but he remains myopically obsessed with small towns in a way that ignores the fact that most Americans (and increasingly, most humans) live in urban areas. The "bottom-up revolution" can't happen when engineering regulations, zoning, land use, mortgage-backed securities, federal transportation funding, and other systems block the individual action for which he advocates. And Marohn identifies those issues, but doesn't really offer a solution.

Marohn speaks with the most epistemic authority when he turns his criticism on his own profession. It often veers into the personal, but in general, I think his criticisms of engineers that did not involve disputes over his own licensure were the strongest parts of the book.

If you've been "orange pilled" or have a real interest in urbanism or land use or active transportation, maybe this book is for you. …

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4 stars

This book gave me good insight into how the engineering profession and existing structures affect our cities, and the implicit values those professions bring. I do feel the book centers too much on finances over just talking about livable cities, but is still a good read if you want to know how to make your city better.

It also goes on this weird rant about high speed rail being communist like seriously what's up with that

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