June 28, 2004

Constructing the Trans-Israel Highway’s Inevitability

White Papers Presented at the CEMDA/ITDP International Seminar: Toward the Reform of Transportation and Air Quality Planning—Mexico City

This paper discusses the role and construction of a sense of inevitability in the forwarding of large infrastructure and development projects. It suggests that the growth of the project’s inevitability- its emergence from being one contested notion amoung others to being a bound-to-happen solution that overwhelms the space of alternatives- is one of the most valuable achievements for project proponents, and that undermining it, the the crux of opponents’ efforts.


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