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.
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Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. 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 and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .