I just listened to a portion of the On Point segment on oil prices and transportation. One of the guests, Rick Geddes, mentioned that he had toured developments that encourage people to walk. Interestingly enough, this is the point where I and another guest, James Howard Kunstler, were at fifteen years ago. Kunstler wrote at least two books on New Urbanism and I became an activist and also promoted New Urbanism in my role as a real estate officer at a large pension plan. However, anyone who spends enough time -- without the boundaries of academia and corporatism -- studying the way we live comes to realize that some major adjustments will have to be made in order to shift to a quality life for the majority. (It should be noted that the majority of the world's inhabitants do not have a quality life now.) One of the keys is realizing that there are limits to growth and that the system that we have operated under -- call it capitalism or anything you wish -- has done a lousy job of recognizing these limits. If it takes Rick Geddes and others fifteen years to understand this, we will be long past our window of opportunity to shift to a quality existence rather than one based on material wealth.