Stupidity has no borders: Weekend flash from our unparalleled Worst Practices Department

Vienna, Austria. 16 November 2014

Dear Worst Practitioners,

You are going to have to exercise your Polish for the finer points but 90 seconds spent strolling this new tram stop in Łódź, Poland tells an interesting story of who loves whom most in this modernizing city. 3.5 meters for the cars, 85 cm for the public transport user.

Poland Lodz 85 cm tramway protection

 Click here for instructive video.

You will find an explanatory text on the site which if you pop it into Google Translate will give you the gory details and unintentionally hilarious explanation of the authority.

Stupidity has no borders.Try saying it like this: Głupota nie zna granic. (Satisfying eh?)

PS. Fortunately Civil Society is alive and well in Poland today. (Now I know why it was so important that Wall came down. And while we are at it, we can remember too where it all started, in an August day in 1980 in a shipyard in Gdańsk.)

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From the editor:

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Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions -- and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. More at:

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