|Transit 'Guru' Jarrett Walker|
I made this TWEET about Jarrett Walker being on the Trimet payroll. For some reason I don't clearly understand Joe Rose of all people took me to town over it. You'd think I had insulted one of his children the way he stood up for Walker.
My point in making that tweet was to illustrate for people that there is a solid connection between Mr Walker and Trimet. Furthermore its not possible to be truly objective when you're dealing with someone who pays your salary. (then again it is possible but it might end up costing you your job).
Jarrett Walker (who's work I cross post occasionally because some of it is excellent) is the closest thing to a guru that the transit industry has. Nobody ever criticizes Jarrett Walker, because , in the words of Joe Rose "he's the most brilliant transit mind in Portland".
I don't know about the most brilliant, but I do know he is just a human being like every other human being therefore is not perfect.
His vociferous defense of the Trimet secret raises burst my bubble of admiration for the man. And when I talked about him on my blog he hit back with the usual defense that powerful people use all the time to preserve their control of the agenda.
"all negativity does is bring everyone down".
Never respond to the criticism, just call whoever is saying it 'too negative'
This sort of defense is an obvious attempt to 'marginalize' whoever is slinging the criticism.
It always has amazed me how much of a reaction some people have to the power of words.
It's "the pen is mightier than the sword" indeed.
I did attempt to meet with Mr Walker once and sent him what I thought was a very generous invitation. He didn't even bother to answer me with a no.
Now why would he do that?
He 'devalues' my humanity or my point of view?
Or he's fearful of me?
Or maybe Trimet officials don't want him to have any contact with me?
This is exactly what Trimet does, ignore the critic as if they don't exist.
Whatever the reason, it casts suspicions on his close connections to Trimet officials