Urban Planning

What is the actual reason American Cities are bad at urban planning? : urbanplanning

There’s lots of discussion regarding this topic, but I’ve never seen a thread come to a conclusion that makes sense. For example –

However, vehicle ownership per capita in the U.S. is only ~25% higher than in European countries. I fail to understand how a 25% increase in vehicle ownership is the divide between the developed worlds worst urban planning and it’s best

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_vehicles_per_capita

But through what entity? From what I understand, zoning boards in the U.S. control zoning, which is the most fundamental tool in urban planning. Presumably, they work in conjunction with other entities to design cities. I guess my overall question is that the people who work for any government agency that’s involved in town planning are presumably those who are most interested in urban planning. So why is it so rare that they successfully create good urban environments?

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