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The Problems of Space Shuttles, Bullet Trains and Other Megaprojects



    An emergency vehicle stands by near the runway as space shuttle Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    At a time when everyone is sniffing around for big, game-changing initiatives (a bullet train! a new space rocket!), Pete Peterson, who heads Pepperdine University's Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, offers a thoughtful new essay in City Journal on the dangers of megaprojects.

    He also notes that there are ways, through forms of deliberative and participatory democracy, to let citizens have a greater say in these megaprojects. The full essay is here.