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  • Barb Wallace

    Here's hoping it works as well as planned, or at least well enough to make it worthwhile. It won't work everywhere but hopefully it can be adapted and it will spark more creative solutions elsewhere.

  • Terri Hammer

    This is way more than good. Again, just as with education, Finland is actively engaged in addressing and solving problems by implementing new solutions. I love that kind of synergy! I've read about a lot of great initiatives taking place throughout Scandinavia, as they lead into the future.
    They're not trying to use the same old fix, on the same old problems... like some countries I know.

    • Barb Wallace

      No two cities are alike. No two countries are alike. Many cities in the US have pretty good mass transit systems, but many don't. It's a tougher problem to solve in a single country larger than most of Europe combined, where the cities are more spread out, you're dealing with states rights to develop their own infrastructures, a tremendously greater population and a population that has, for generations, relied on the right of every individual to own private cars along with the economic and feasibility to do so. Change here is sluggish and cumbersome. Land development in the relatively newer US is so different than in centuries-old towns and cities and even agricultural areas in Europe. That makes it more difficult to adapt these same changes as effectively as smaller nations. That's not to make excuses, it's to recognize reality. Hopefully our country's attitude can change, and we citizens along with it, to make better use of our resources including land, water, and fossil fuels. There are millions of people trying to effect change but in a country this large, with hundreds of millions of people, and with corporate power being as strong and resistant as it is, it's a Herculean task to effect changes like this. And a cumbersome lay slow process.