Originally Posted by beyeas
Yeah this is the central fact that Tim Bousquet in particular just doesn't get.
Many people just label things good or bad when the real question is what the tradeoffs are.
I think it's also pretty easy to become out of touch with the wider world when you're surrounded by a particular crowd. The Coast types might be able to find trendy North End apartments that require neither cars nor new highrises. That doesn't scale though and it doesn't work for other lifestyles.
The whole thing reminds me a bit of Alice Waters, a restaurateur and organic food advocate in Berkeley who pointed out that she's
willing to pay a little extra for organic grapes, while some people
are wasting their money on fancy Nike shoes. The "let them eat cake" attitude is fundamentally the same whether it's Alice Waters or some hipster saying we should all bike everywhere. It's easy to make ridiculous prescriptions for people when you know nothing about them.