About those photos at the top of each page

india girl stopping carEach time you come into the General Theory site you are greeted at top of the page by photographs illustrating the great variety of traffic and street life in cities around the world.

They have been chosen to point up the vital context  of this project, all of those close to infinite variations and wrinkles which distinguish one place from another, one street from another. It is our contention here that it is against this highly diverse and always on the move background that some form of general theory is needed to make wise policy and investment decisions.

The General Theory we are seeking to articulate here is not a straitjacket; it is not intended to be à top-down command device which attempts to make all cities resemble some kind of ghostly standard case. Rather it is intended as a push to excellence, a structured explicit reminder of the fundamental values which transport planners and policymakers need to have in mind in order to create à context In Which Responsibile autonomous individuals can when the y are ready make wise and consistent décisions in their and the communitýs best Interest. It is about the push to Sustainable Transport, Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Lives  Something which  increasingly is being advanced in leading cities around the world. But even they need help and greater discipline.  As to the rest, they real do need a General Theory.

Stay tuned  and watch your step when crossing .

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Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at https://goo.gl/9CJXTh and @ericbritton

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