This Week in the News…

Posted: January 4, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Saturday, Dec. 29,

Streetside Chat: Air-Transport Expert Kenneth Button Gives His Prognosis for the Battered Airline Industry in 2002

“As dire as the situation may be, it’s worth remembering that the airline industry has always been a highly cyclical business, says Kenneth Button, an air transport expert and public policy professor at George Mason University…. ‘People will accept a certain level of risk in all activities, but it takes a while to reach that equilibrium. Far more people have died on the roads in the U.S. since Sept. 11 than died in New York City, but people still drive. If you’re perceived to be doing your best as an airline, people accept a certain risk. It just takes a while for that adjustment to take place. I think the industry is very depressed and will take a while to recover, but I personally believe it will pick up again as the economy starts growing.'”

Sunday, Dec. 30, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree City’s New Mayor: His Goals: Slow Growth, Preserve Quality of Life

“Some experts even wonder if planned cities are realistic. ‘This is the problem with planned anything: the future always kicks them in the butt,’ says Joel Garreau, author of Edge City: Life on the New Frontier and a senior fellow at the George Mason University school of public policy. Garreau says that planned cities are founded by idealists but are eventually taken over by people rooted in the hard reality of the marketplace. Of planned cities, Garreau says: ‘They all end up looking like every place else.'”

Sunday, Dec. 30, Boston Herald

Sept. 11 Ushers U.S. into a Grave New World

“‘The U.S. has enjoyed over 200 years of childhood, and the year 2001 saw it move into its adolescence with all the pains and uncertainties that this brings,’ said Kenneth Button, professor of public policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘The challenge henceforth is to grow into adulthood and to gradually come to grips with the responsibilities that inevitably accompany this.'”

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