Big Brains at the Merc

https://i0.wp.com/media.rd.com/rd/images/rdc/mag0711/great-ideas-around-world-01-af.jpgNext week is policy wonk week at the wee library, so we are, we confess, pretty chuffed. We could spend day after endless day wallowing in policy debate. On Tuesday the 9th at 6pm, policy goddess Roxanne Qualls will be here to discuss Complete Streets. She will be here with planner Clete Benken of Kinzelman Kline Gossman. Do you know what complete streets are about? Do you walk? Do you ride a bicycle? Are you tired of being brushed back by cell-gabbing Masonites rounding corners in SUVs? Do you live in terror of driver doors opening in your path? Do you wonder why city traffic engineers spend their days devising quicker automotive exit routes to the sprawlbelt? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you should be interested in the Complete Streets policy Councilamerican Qualls pushed through. Complete Streets are thoroughfares that are thoroughly fair to walkers and cyclists as well as motorists. Mr. Benken will be here because his firm is in the street fixing business and is responsible for the plan that will restore two way streets to Lexington, so he may have a few things to say about Cincinnati’s vehicular sewer system. It’s going to be great. Worth every one of the eight dollars to be charged. You’ll need a reservation.

And then on Thursday at 7 pm, George Packer will be here and will talk, we presume, about the comedy of policy errors that led to the long years of agony in Mesopotamia. Mr Packer’s book The Assassin’s Gate covered the background leading up to the invasion and the crippled policy debate – or non-debate – that let the cradle of civilization go off its rockers. He’s been writing for the New Yorker for years, and the book was fleshed out from those reports. He also did a great job covering the Obama campaign for the magazine. V.smart guy.

Seats are nearly filled for Packer’s Harriet Beecher Stowe Lecture, and it will cost you $25 to get in if you are not a member of the Library. If you hustle, you can join the Library and get the $20 price. The website takes paypal, or you you can do everything over the phone by calling 513 621 0717.  

-Nemo Wolfe

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Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Tuesday June 9th (not the 11th).

  2. Thanks, CK. Fixed.


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