The podcast this week is a recording of the recent Transportation Panel hosted by the Women’s Environmental Network. The panel, which took place at Macalester College a few weeks ago, featured MNDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle, Representative Connie Bernardy, Shantera Hardy of the non-profit Fresh Energy, and Bethany Winkels, one of the lead organizers for the Move MN coalition. The conversation focused on what to expect from the upcoming legislative session, and featured some interesting perspectives on state transportation politics, particularly once you get into the Q & A. Thanks to The Women’s Environmental Network for letting me tape the panel, and I hope you enjoy the conversation.
Because it’s a long talk (2 hours), I have split the podcast into two parts: the panel talks and the Q & A.
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This was extremely disturbing to listen to…. everyone thinks the problem is a lack of money, not a fundamental problem with how we plan and pick our infrastructure investments and land use.
The last speaker of the three seems to get it a little more… we need to rethink the investments we’re making, not just add more money to our existing investments or add new types of investments to existing ones. I’ll say she was still too eager to accommodate existing types of transportation investments, but at least she grasped concepts such as location efficiency of place.