Friday, October 23, 2009


October 22, 2009

Contact:    Steve Owen  

The Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) has announced a luncheon presentation on the proposed streetcar project for downtown Boise, according to Wayne Hoffman, IFF Executive Director.

Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, will make a presentation at a Wednesday, November 11  luncheon at noon at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 610 W Idaho St.   O’Toole lives in Portland, OR and has firsthand experience with transportation and streetcar issues in that city.

Randal O'Toole works on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues at the Cato Institute.  O'Toole's research and analysis of urban land-use and transportation issues, brought together in his 2001 book, The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths, has influenced decisions in cities across the country. In his most recent book, The Best-Laid Plans, O'Toole calls for repealing federal, state, and local planning laws and proposes reforms that can help solve social and environmental problems without heavy-handed government regulation. O'Toole has also written for Regulation magazine as well as op-eds and articles for numerous national journals and newspapers. O'Toole travels extensively and has spoken about free-market environmental issues dozens of cities. An Oregon native, O'Toole was educated in forestry at Oregon State University and in economics at the University of Oregon.

The Idaho Freedom Foundation is Idaho’s only think tank dedicated to finding free market solutions to challenges facing the state.

Reservations for the lunch presentation can be made at  There is a $10 charge for the lunch and program.   Tickets will be available at the door for $12.


MY NOTE - O'Toole is the author of The Streetcar Hoax, and Debunking Portland - which can be viewed at:'Toole/randal5.htm


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