Building the Lowcountry’s rapid transit system could be enabled by four important lessons advocate Ben Ross learned in the 31 year struggle to build the Purple Light Rail Line through Montgomery County Maryland (just North of DC): democracy still works; think big; go on the offensive and avoid preemptive concessions. Ben will share these lessons with us on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 pm at the International Longshoremans Hall at 1142 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403 when Ben presents his thoughts on Achieving Transit Enabled Community.
Ben will also be sharing other ideas from his 2014 book Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism. Copies will be on sale at the event. The fight for the Purple Line required challenging some of the most powerfully Lobbyists in the United States so a rail line across their exclusive country club could be used as part of the ideal, efficient route.
Ben is an award winning author on community planning, a veteran transit advocate proven by victory and will be having a three day residency in the Holy City as part of a cross state trip which will also include meetings with community transit advocates in Columbia and Greenville.