Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Norquist Returns With A Simple, Common Sense Message

Former Mayor John O. Norquist gave a talk in Milwaukee this morning, offering some common sense about vehicle usage, employment and housing strategies.

Here is the local paper's coverage from its Newswatch blog:

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2007, 10:19 a.m.
By Tom Daykin

Norquist pushes for more urban housing

The development of more urban housing would help reduce traffic and contribute to a decline in greenhouse gases, former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist told a local audience today.

Apartments, condominiums and other housing within walking distances or a short bus ride from where people work could be a key factor in reducing global warming, said Norquist, president of the Chicago-based Congress for the New Urbanism. The non-profit group promotes sustainable urban development.

"Instead of forcing everybody to not drive, how about just not driving as much?" said Norquist, speaking to around 100 people. The meeting, at the Italian Community Center, was presented by Building Owners & Managers Association of Wisconsin and the Apartment Owners & Managers Association of Greater Milwaukee.

(Disclosure: I worked for Norquist, as stated in my blog profile, fyi.)

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