This is what I’m trying to say regarding incremental development versus mega-projects:
In my (well documented) experience the lived reality on the ground over the last 40 years is:
Incremental steps toward more auto orientation.
Or giant steps preserving a traditional development pattern.
The only exception has been some historic preservation, which has incrementally preserved a traditional pattern, though lots of that has been very expensive and very top down.
Apart from some ridiculous Kobayashi Maru stance which just wishes for a different reality in the here and now I’m stating that I would take, and will take giant, perhaps risky steps in the preservation of a traditional development pattern over incremental steps toward more Taco John’s. I’m fighting for, lobbying for, educating those around me for, and working for an Age of Enlightenment when the popular response is to support a traditional pattern such that incrementally doing so is truly possible. The record of the last 40 years shows that we, in this place, are not there yet.
I’m not sure why that’s “stupid”, and I don’t think it’s dickish to point out the irony of the circumstance that a man who is calling bullshit (correctly, in my opinion) on the basic development pattern on which American society has been built for 75 years would call anyone else out on showing a lack of humility! Dude. The bar for dickish is set pretty low in Minnesota, like the bar for success in sports I guess. Now that’s dickish.