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Confessions of a Recovering Engineer

By: Charles L. Marohn Jr.
Narrated by: Christopher Douyard
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In Confessions of a Recovering Engineer, renowned speaker and author of Strong Towns Charles L. Marohn, Jr., delivers an accessible and engaging exploration of America's transportation system, laying bare the reasons why it no longer works as it once did, and how to modernize transportation to better serve local communities.

You'll discover real-world examples of poor design choices and how those choices have dramatic and tragic effects on the lives of the people who use them. You'll also find case studies and examples of design improvements that have revitalized communities and improved safety.

This important book shows you: the values of the transportation professions, how they are applied in the design process, and how those priorities differ from those of the public; how the standard approach to transportation ensures the maximum amount of traffic congestion possible is created each day, and how to fight that congestion on a budget; and bottom-up techniques for spending less and getting higher returns on transportation projects, all while improving quality of life for residents. Perfect for anyone interested in why transportation systems work - and fail to work - the way they do, Confessions of a Recovering Engineer is a fascinating insider's peek behind the scenes of America's transportation systems.

©2021 Charles L. Marohn, Jr. (P)2021 Ascent Audio

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Well Worth Your Time To Read or Listen To!

Not exactly a sequel; it is a different way of approaching the same material from a more personal perspective. He doesn't just talk about the problem and give a solution (or list of possible solutions); he explains the roots or philosophy of the problems as one who was part of the problem. I am going to either listen to both books again or read the Kindle versions, want to understand them that much. Also, kudos to "Not Just Bikes" YouTube channel for pointing this author out to me!

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The Engineering Profession is Changing

This is a must read for every engineer and engineering student. It's also a valuable source for city planners, managers, and political leaders.

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Very eye opening.

As a county administrator, I find this kind of thoughtful honesty refreshing. I commend the author for his endeavors.

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Just great!

Thank you! This book should be required reading in engineering education. Especially in civil/transportation engineering.

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The perfect book for the perfect time

I see potholes wherever I go. Dangerous feeling roads, sidewalks that start and end randomly, nonfunctional public transit, and street crossings that seem out right negligent.

This book provides a brilliant insight into how and why they are like this and how they can change.

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Interesting and informative

This book provided insight into why some of the things that frustrate me about how current roads/streets/"stroads" are the way they are as well as a new perspective on how they could be better.

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If you live in a place, listen to this book.

I am an urban planning student who has just started grad school. Had I been better at math I probably would have gone into traffic engineering rather than planning. I began school very much against public transit and thought roadway spending was far more valuable. Having lived my entire middle class life in a city with subpar transit, this was, frankly, an obvious conclusion to draw. Studying planning caused a vehement about face in my transportation beliefs that makes me embarrassed of the things I said and thought before. For people like me, it often takes a little push to realize that the current roadway expansion and „improvement” practices are not the answer to transportation problems. Let this book be your push!

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A solid read/listen

This book contains a lot of valuable information. The narrator isn't terribly interesting to listen to, but delivers the information in a clear and reasonably interesting voice. Strongly recommend

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A new viewpoint

I love books that offer me new models for explaining problems I see everyday. It gives me hope that solutions might actually exist. At the very least it better informs my opinions and this book does that.

My only complaint is that there are many places that restate the same points. I get that it is a collection of independent essays but I wish a good editor would go through and tighten it up for the book.

However, the insights in the book are definitely worth reading/listening through a few extra sentences.

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inspirational.

The book was informative and inspirational. I was surprised to find out the narrator didn't write the book it sounded straight from the heart. Great job!