Every major city should employ someone like this, responsible for all aspects of a city’s built environment:
He covers everything from the mayor’s policies on tall buildings to the funding for Crossrail to the regeneration of the suburbs – essentially Johnson’s vision for the built environment. His number one priority is design quality – that the London of the future should physically and architecturally benefit from the development decisions of today. No matter what the economic climate.
A lot of American urban pathologies can be traced back to treating transportation and development as if they had nothing to do with each other.