Originally posted on Network Dispatches:

mexico pedestrian bridgeWorst Practices Department: Grand Opening

You have of course heard about that reassuring phrase “Best Practices”, a noble concept for sure but one which reflects the value set of those who decide to include them in their personal pantheon. Well, this is not about “Best Practices”. as you will shortly see.

The  World Streets Worst Practices Department (also known as the Learning from Stupidity Department . . .  maybe) has its place in World Streets and the world more generally because when it comes to transportation there has never been a shortage of flakey ideas.

But what we are looking to draw attention to here are not just the little stuff that may be the joy of an intrepid inventor or group of supporters, but the kinds of wrong-headed mega projects that often keep popping up in many parts of the world, sold hard by their sponsors and (if I…

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