Wednesday, August 7, 2013

From Planetizen — Fearing the Wrong Risks

TODD LITMAN Some risks are tangible – we can perceive them directly. For example, your heart rate probably increases when you stand near a high ledge or face an angry wild animal. A few years ago I took a fall while cycling around a tight corner and ended up with nasty road-rash; ever since I feel a healthy apprehension when approaching similar corners – my body remembers the pain – which has fortunately prevented subsequent falls. Such fear is rational and useful.

But many modern risks are intangible; they are measured statistically by experts and communicated through popular media. Not surprisingly, people often fear the wrong risks. This can have important implications for planning. Read more: Rational Fear | Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network

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