Government should stay away from planning

Julie Pierce, the mayor of Clayton, is obsessed with government planning. She says, " ... we can plan better in the future to encourage the community interaction that creates and feeds the souls of our towns." (Concord Transcript, Oct. 17). Mayor Pierce adds " ... we will build more densely near transportation hubs and employment centers."

What will happen if government encourages the building of houses and offices near transportation hubs, and no one moves in?

Transportation hubs may not even offer transportation. From July 1-5, BART went on strike.

Planning is impossible. Think of the typical office of 1940. There were manual typewriters, carbon paper and slide rules. In today's offices, there are computers, email, the Internet, photocopy machines, voice mail and smart phones. Who, in 1940, could have planned for the office of 2013?

Government ought to stay away from planning. Taxpayers do not need to pay for government planners who have no way of predicting the future or determining what citizens will want or need.

Richard S. Colman

Orinda Colman is president of Biomed Inc. in Concord.