Strong Towns is pleased to host another round of online "debate" with the Antiplanner, Randal O'Toole. This builds on our exchange earlier this month, which you can read by clicking here.

Our topic this time is:

Should transportation planning be required in order to receive federal transportation funding?

For this debate, Charles Marohn of Strong Towns will argue in the affirmative while Randal O'Toole will present the opposing viewpoint. Each side has prepared a 1,000 word posting for Monday and a 500 word rebuttal on Tuesday. All posts will be jointly listed on the Strong Towns Blog and the Antiplanner Blog.

We encourage all of our readers to join in this debate and participate in this mutual exchange of ideas. Voice your thoughts - they are an important part of this discussion.

Charles Marohn, PE AICP, is a professional engineer and planner and the president of Strong Towns. For more on Charles Marohn, click here.

Randal O'Toole is a planning critic, author and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. For more on Randal O'Toole, click here.

Enjoy the first two posts in this debate: